National blues recording artist, Val Starr, of Val Starr and the Blues Rocket has always held Maui dear to her heart. In fact, she had just this May, celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary with her life partner and bassist, John Ellis at the Old Lahaina Luau. The devastating fires not only took precious lives and destroyed the livelihood of so many locals, but it also took away a treasured memorable vacation spot for people all over the world.
“We wanted to do something to aid and hopefully help heal the hearts of those who are continuing to suffer. Music is a universal healer and it was our way of keeping the awareness alive for the Maui victims.
Family and friends came together in the Sandwich Studio to record the track, including Val & John’s son, James Ellis on ukulele and Kirk Hooper on the drums.
Maui Blues takes you from the shores of Lahaina to the streets of New Orleans featuring a spirited dueling harmonica performance by Frankie Munz.
We hope this song lightens your hearts. Go to http://www.valstarr.com to get a download of Maui Blues with your donation. 100% of the proceeds will be given to Maui Strong for fire victim aid.