Recent news related to Kīkā Kila:
9.13.17: The Western History Association just announced that Kīkā Kila has won the 2017 Sally and Ken Owens Award for Best Book on the History of the Pacific West!
8.29.17: The Association for Recorded Sound Collections just announced that Kīkā Kila has won the 2017 award for "Best Historical Research in Recorded Popular Music"!
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: In The Oxford American, Ian Port 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 museum curator, author, professor and musician.
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 book on the history of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar, click here