Musical family ‘steels’ the show

PUHI — The Kaua‘i Concert Association continues its season with The Campbell Brothers at the Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The Campbell Brothers, who call Rochester, N.Y. home, have been moving their music from sanctuary to concert hall on a national basis, allowing secular audiences to appreciate a performance both devoted and rocking.

Pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell and his lap steel-playing brother Darick are two of the finest in this tradition.

Chuck Campbell was declared a National Treasure and the first ever “Master of the Pedal Steel Guitar” by the Smithsonian Institute in 2004.

Rounding out the band, which has been playing together for nearly two decades, is a high-energy rhythm section featuring brother Phil Campbell on electric guitar, his son Carlton on drums and Malcolm Kirby on bass.

Kirby, an accomplished studio engineer, has mixed for Duran Duran and recorded soundtracks for several Tony Hawk video games.

Cousin Denise Brown provides the powerful yet passionate vocals for the group. On this tour, she will be joined by Tiffany Godette, a fabulous church singer from Philadelphia who has been touring with the band for three years.

The group found great national success with their debut release, “Pass Me Not,” and their next one, “Sacred Steel-Live!” which was honored with “Best U.S. Gospel Instrumentalists of the Year,” among other awards.

They were also included on the Grammy-nominated, “The Sopranos Peppers & Eggs” series soundtrack and put out the seasonal album “Sacred Steel For The Holidays,” which was praised by The New York Times and Washington Post as one of the top holiday releases of 2001.

The band has shared the stage with The Allman Brothers Band, B.B. King, Al Green, Emmylou Harris, Little Feat, John Medeski, Gov’t Mule, the Derek Trucks Band, Jerry Douglas, Sonny Landreth, Lonnie Mack, Shemekia Copeland and Bill Frisell.

The Campbells toured the world, playing on five continents and at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Fez in Morocco.

The Campbell Brothers are currently working on a new CD due out later this year.

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