Big Island musician Kelly Hyde will release her first cover song, “Seminole Wind,” Aug. 20. The single is a collaboration with Grammy award winner Peter Rowan (“Bluegrass Boy”). “Seminole Wind” will be available for download on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming platforms.
“Seminole Wind” also features Hilo-based singer-songwriter Ydine on background vocals. Hilo-based producer, engineer, and Na Hoku Hanohano award nominee, David Williamson Pichard of DWP Sounds brought Hyde and Rowan together after hearing Kelly and Ydine sing the tune acoustically.
“Seminole Wind” is an original piece by country singer John Anderson that speaks to the struggle and displacement of the Seminole Tribe in Florida caused by war, destruction of natural resources, and the draining of the everglades for financial gain.
“I learned this song by hearing my father play it, and Ydine really loves it too and is always reminding me to put it on the setlist,” Hyde says. “My father was based in the Florida Keys, and I’ve always connected with the song deeply when he played it in his folk style. I felt a beautiful sadness that carries a clear message of pain and loss for a beautiful culture. I felt a loss last year when my father died suddenly, and I know he would be so proud to hear me singing with Peter Rowan on the track too since he was a fan.”
She says, “Pichard and Ydine also have connections to family and the land in Florida as well. So, it turns out the song is special to all of us in that way.”
Although the original song is in the country genre, this new version is done with a beautiful folk/bluegrass arrangement featuring dreamy layers of harmonies, exceptional fiddle playing, tasteful guitar, ukulele plucks, and a haunting lap-steel guitar, all carried by a steady, upright bass groove. The other musicians in the production are Hawk Devi on fiddle, Jacob Staron on pedal steel, Ethan Jones on upright bass, Kelly Hyde on uke, and David Williamson Pichard on acoustic guitar.
Kelly Hyde (formerly Ka’ahele) is frequent at Big Island festivals like Kohala Aina Festival and Manafest. She has also performed at larger venues such as Oregon Country Fair, Shangri-La Festival in Minnesota, and Yasgur’s Farm Woodstock Reunion Festival in New York. Hyde placed third in the Hawaii Songwriters Competition in 2018 and has appeared on lineups alongside Paula Fuga, Pato Banton, Amber Lily & Tubby Love, Ydine, Medicine for the People, and Hope Medford.
Kelly Hyde has a reputation for bringing authenticity to her listeners. In this new collaboration with Peter Rowan and DWP Sounds, new and existing listeners are in for a fresh dream-folk feel with this tune.
Connect with the musicians
Kelly Hyde: http://kellyhydemusic.com
Peter Rowan: http://peter-rowan.com/
David Williamson Pichard: http://dwpsounds.com
Cover art by Lee Joshua. Courtesy photos provided.