You don't have to be a fan of Steve Dahl's long-running radio show in Chicago to enjoy Mai-Tai Roa Aé. These songs celebrating warm weather, travel, and personal reminiscences translate to any city. Dahl, who gained national attention for his 1979 anti-disco rally during a White Sox game in Chicago, doesn't have the strongest voice, but these ten tracks have an honest, homemade appeal. Refreshingly, Dahl's humorous songs don't fall back on zany Morning Zoo shock tactics normally associated with radio personalities. His choice of cover versions include songs by Hawaiian musicians Henry Kapono ("Friends") and Jerry Santos ("Ku'u Home 'O Kahalu'u"), along with John Stewart ("Neon Road") and Bobby Troupe ("Route 66"). The five Dahl originals showcase the lyrical flair of his influences Jimmy Buffett and Brian Wilson. The former Beach Boy even provided background vocals on "Net Surfin' U.S.A."
AllMusic Review by Al Campbell