Author: Steve Roby

Steven Roby is a respected music historian, journalist, and best-selling author. He has written feature articles and reviews for Guitar World, and has been featured in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and Billboard magazine. Roby is also the Managing Editor of Big Island Music Magazine.

The Letdown Higgs Buy For Hawaii-born singer, songwriter and musical innovator Higgs, it all started with rhythm. He picked up his first set of drumsticks while still in middle school, and since then he knew music was what he wanted to do. True, these days he favors his trusty tenor ukulele, but percussion has stuck with him throughout his musical career. Higgs productions defy any single genre, drawing on elements of the three  (rap, reggae, and R&B) to create a sound wholly his own. His music creates an open and authentic atmosphere, inviting listeners to connect with him at a…

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Musician, arranger, composer and vocalist, Jesse Snyder (also known as Jesse Now Jerome) is an aspiring and integral part of the music scene on the Big Island of Hawai’i. A movement that has growing appreciation for a healthy life full of culture, art and Jazz…music that is pure, enjoyable and illuminating. I had a chance to speak with Jesse Snyder prior to his show with the popular swing jazz band Kahulanui at the Kahilu Theatre in Wamea. We crammed into a tiny dressing room and let recorder roll. The result was a spontaneous and fun conversation about Kahulanui’s new release,…

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This is an interview I did in 2017 with Big Island musician Amy Lee. It’s part of a bonus reel from the documentary “Livin’ On a Rock.” The interview was conducted at the Hilo Burger Joint so you’ll hear some background noice during our conversation. BIO Amy Lee was born in North Adams, Massachusetts but left the New England cold to study music at the University of Miami. She became a fulltime Southerner residing in Atlanta, immersing herself into the city’s budding music scene. A multitalented sax player, studio musician, composer and arranger, Amy has worked extensively with Charles Neville…

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The documentary Livin’ On Rock (2018) features numerous interviews with Big Island musicians, and this bonus reel series offers extended footage from these interviews. The Allen Russell interview was conducted in 2017 at his home on the east side of the island of Hawaii.

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The documentary Livin’ On Rock (2018) features numerous interviews with Big Island musicians, and this bonus reel series offers extended footage from these interviews. Amy Lee’s Bio: Amy Lee was born in North Adams, Massachusetts but left the New England cold to study music at the University of Miami. She became a fulltime Southerner residing in Atlanta, immersing herself into the city’s budding music scene. A multitalented sax player, studio musician, composer and arranger, Amy has worked extensively with Charles Neville and Jimmy Buffett, and played as well with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell to name…

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Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. With a professional career spanning five decades, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. His catalog includes over twenty musical recordings of solos, duets, ensembles, cover tunes, originals, utilizing both electric and acoustic guitar. Country-Western guitarist Chet Atkins honored Emmanuel with the title of “Certified Guitar Player” for his contribution to guitar music, a very rare distinction shared by only five other people in the world.  After an amazing performance with his brother Phil at the Sydney Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, the world wanted to know who this…

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