Antique Aloha 2 PRE-ORDER

Christo Ruppenthal

Antique Aloha 2 is the second in an ongoing series of recordings inspired by some of my favorite Hawaiian 78 RPM records from the Golden Age of Hawaiian Music. I play all the instruments including steel guitar, ukuleles, guitar, and baritone guitar.

All Special Edition CDs will include EXCLUSIVE BONUS TRACKS which will only be available on this

Antique Aloha 2 is the second in an ongoing series of recordings inspired by some of my favorite Hawaiian 78 RPM records from the Golden Age of Hawaiian Music. I play all the instruments including steel guitar, ukuleles, guitar, and baritone guitar.

All Special Edition CDs will include EXCLUSIVE BONUS TRACKS which will only be available on this physical release. They will not be distributed with the official digital release*.

  • The "Please choose a price" ($19.99 and up) PROJECT DONATION + ADVANCED COPY Antique Aloha 2 Special Edition PRE-ORDER CD and "What Hula Jazz?" Instant E.P. Download option includes a CD shipped ahead of the official release date as soon as it's in stock. It also includes an instant download of the "What Hula Jazz?" preview E.P. single!

  • The $14.99 Special Edition CD option adds the CD $14.99 directly to your cart with one click. It will ship on the official release date.

*Downloads (including the exclusive physical only bonus tracks) of the finished product can be made available to any pre-order purchasers via email upon request. That way those of you who don't have CD players anymore can still lend a hand getting this project done.

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Antique Aloha

Christo Ruppenthal

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"Antique Aloha: Hawaiian Music of the Golden Age" - A 78 RPM record presentation

During "The Hawaiian Craze" from 1915 to 1925 more Hawaiian records were sold than any other genre of music! As a result there are some important firsts that happened in the Hawaiian music genre that were also firsts in the history of recorded music. Join avid 78RPM record collector and professional musician Christo Ruppenthal for a vintage record listening session. Christo will add historical context and significance to the 78 RPM records you will hear. They will be played on original circa 1910 Victor Monarch IV and 1913 Victor III horned phonographs, and a vintage portable tube powered record player. Step back into this "Golden Age of Hawaiian Music" for some Antique Aloha!

Antique Aloha 78 Workshop for HSGA (Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association) 2021 Virtual Steel Guitar Festival

Vintage Hawaiian 78 RPM Record Blog

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Toots Paka "Ninipo" The FIRST recording of the steel guitar!

Toots Paka's Hawaiians
"Ninipo" The FIRST recording of the steel guitar! 

I’m very excited to add this historic cylinder to the Antique Aloha collection shelves. Years prior to the Hawaiian Pavilion at the Pan-Pacific Expo and the start of the “Hawaiian Craze” of 1915 Toot’s Paka Hawaiians entered the studio for Edison on 10/23/1909 and made history. 

This wax cylinder recording contains the very first appearance of a steel guitar on a commercially available issue. At this session the band recorded 5 songs. “Ninipo” was the earliest to be issued on Edison wax 11500. It would take another 4 years years for the steel guitar to appear on a 78 RPM disk! 

As with all recordings of this age many personal records are lost or were never accurately created. However it’s understood that Toot’s husband Iolai "July" Paka plays the steel parts on this session. Steel guitar inventor Joseph Kekuku was likely in the band on standard guitar. Joseph would do his own session as a leader on steel guitar for Edison two days later. 

It’s taken years to find a prime copy. And in that time searching I’ve only seen one other copy (which unfortunately I forgot about bidding on). As a bonus this one is pristine, with its original tube and label cap! 

Toots Paka's Hawaiians prob. Iolai "July" Paka, sg; poss. John K. Paaluhi, g; poss. Joseph Kekuku, 2nd g; Toots Paka, uke, poss. f; unk. uke; unk. v(m), v-1; poss. unk. personnel

CLICK HERE to hear a well transferred copy of this historic cylinder recording while I work to transfer and restore my copy!

"Sophisticated Hula / My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua, Hawaii"
The Happy Valley Boys 

Jerry Byrd's first recording session! 

Jerry Byrd (as Gerry Byrd) - Steel Guitar 
Ernie Cornelison - Guitar 
Recorded 10/09/1940 
Atlanta Georgia 
Bluebird B-8776  

Today I’m thrilled to be able to share steel guitarist Jerry Byrd’s fist ever recorded solos. The Happy Valley Boys was a county duo comprised of Jerry Byrd (then Gerry) and guitarist / singer Ernie Cornelison. They recorded and released 4 78RPM singles for the Bluebird label in late 1940. These sides were also issued on the Montgomery Ward label in the following months. Six of the eight recordings were originals and county music covers featuring vocals by Ernie. But this very special disk has Jerry shining on two classic instrumental Hawaiian Steel Guitar solos! 

Although I was able to track down one of the country disks relatively quickly after hearing of their existence it took a full six years to find Jerry’s Hawaiian steel guitar solo disk from this session! I am not currently aware of any CD to LP reissues of these tracks. I may be mistaken but I believe most of you will be hearing these lovely sides for the first time here. Enjoy the sounds of a very young Jerry Byrd!