Recent news related to Kīkā Kila:
4.9.17: The Organization of American Historians just announced that Kīkā Kila won the
2017 Lawrence W. Levine Award for the "Best Book in American Cultural History"!
4.5.17: Ian Port wrote a wonderful piece in The Oxford American in which he takes Kīkā Kila's claims to task by speaking with musicians such as Taj Mahal, Luther Dickinson, and more. Read what Ian and the others had to say about it here!
John Troutman is a curator, professor, author, and musician
who has resided for the last decade in Lafayette, Louisiana.
He was recently appointed to the position of Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.
For information on Kīkā Kila, his new book on the history of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar, click here