BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC
The man’s been playing music with soul, aloha, some blues, a little bit o’ country and a lotta rock ‘n roll attitude—and whatever else he wanted to put into it—for years. And it worked, every time. People have been trying to explain the natural wonder that is Willie K for years. But the truth is, if you haven’t seen him play live, then you will never fully understand the depth and breadth of his guitar and vocal work. He inspires awe and girlish worship from even the most hardened and experienced musicians, and oblivious bystanders soon realize they’re witnessing a Hawaiian legend in the making.
runner-up (tie): lahaina grown/khrinj/the easy (sc)