Katz usually sets up outside Old Wailuku Grill, just a few doors down from where Jason Schwartz and I interview passers-by and tell dog-walks-into-a-bar jokes (www.wailukucam.com, from around 5-7:30 p.m. first Fridays).
But until last night, I hadn't had a chance to walk down and speak to Katz. I bought his album, "Hawaiian Steel Guitar: Hawaiian to Jazz" (www.joelkatzmaui.com).
From the liner notes, I discover why I have always liked steel guitar so much:
I was drawn to the steel guitar by its versatility in articulation, pitch, and tonal color -- second only to the human voice.I didn't know that.