The traditional roots of Hawaiian slack key guitar playing is preserved through the music of Ray Kane (born: Raymond Kaleoalohapoina'oleohelemanu Kane). Although he didn't begin playing music professionally until he was in his forties, Kane has more than make up lost time. His concerts and recordings have been cherished by fans of traditional Hawaiian music and have helped the slack key style to grow in global popularity. Kane has been surprized by the attention he's gotten for his playing. In a mid-1970s interview, Kane explained, "I don't know why they picked me. I wasn't famous. I wasn't playing anywhere. I was just trying to stick to the style I learned back in the 1930s."