Best Country Yodeler - 2010
Toshio Hirano was born in Tokyo, but his passion for music couldn't be more all-American. At various dive bars and cafes in the Mission and Hayes Valley, the ESL teaching assistant drops his mild-mannered veneer to yodel like he was raised in southern Appalachia. Hirano has gained quite the following for his covers of classic songs by Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Buck Owens, and his favorite, Jimmie Rodgers. His self-penned ode to honey-dipped doughnuts will make you cry tears (of laughter) in your beer.