Admittedly, I’ve gotten to the Jake Shimabukuro story a little late. For those unaware, Jake is the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele. That is to say, many play his instrument, but few have the skill, dexterity and finger strength to carry off equally incredible playing of such a small instrument. This prowess is evident in the company he keeps, the career he’s had and the continued touring and music he’s making. His latest effort, a few years in the making, is a compilation of terrific tunes and collaborations. Many of the artists featured on Jake & Friends are mutual friends, so I was glad to have the opportunity to chat with such an incredible musician and as you’ll hear, a great person.
First song: A Place in the Sun (featuring Jack Johnson and Paula Fuga)
Second song: Smokin’ Strings (featuring Billy Strings)
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