"This is the music I love. It's the music I've been playing for over sixty years. That's a long time, but I want it to live forever. You know, the music I play is not really my music. It was given to me. All I've done is take care of it while it was my turn and try to make sure the next generation gets the same opportunities I've had. That's all I've done. And I've loved every minute of it. You better believe it!"
Affectionately known as the slack key ambassador, Ray Kane (pronounced Kah-neh) has helped open many doors for this beautiful and unique guitar style. Uncle Ray was one of the first slack key masters to play public concerts, tour widely, perform in documentary films and teach on a regular basis. Like most traditional artists, he takes his role as a cultural resource very seriously. "If we don't share slack key, we'll lose it," he says. "That almost happened once, so we have to watch out."
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