Slowey and The Boats have released their new holiday single, “Christmas Island,” featuring guest vocalist Steve Stanislaw. The single is an updated, yet timeless take on the holiday standard written in 1946 by Lyle Moraine. Stream here: https://GreenHill.lnk.to/SloweyChristmas. “‘Christmas Island’ was on our ‘must-learn’ song list for years,” says bandleader and steel guitarist, Isaac Stanford. “When we teamed up with Steve Stanislaw to sing a few songs on our Christmas album, the time was right to add it to our holiday repertoire.”
“Christmas Island” is drawn from Slowey and The Boats’ forthcoming Christmas album, Merry Christmas from Slowey and The Boats, due out on November 13 via Hi-Tide Recordings. For more information, please visit: https://www.sloweyandtheboats.com.
Slowey and The Boats are pioneers of Philadelphia’s Hawaiian jazz scene. A five-piece instrumental concern, SaTB deftly blend elements of traditional folk melodies, western swing, ballads, tangos and Hawaiian party classics – and all before you’ve finished your first Mai Tai.
The band came together in early 2012 when Stanford recruited some fellow Philadelphia musicians including David Streim & Freddie Berman from the Amos Lee band to learn a selection of old steel guitar instrumentals. In addition to Stanford on the steel guitar, the quintet is currently comprised of David Streim on the Wurlitzer or Fender Rhodes, Mike Hlatky on upright bass, Fred Berman on drums, and Brennen Ernst on guitar.
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