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89.9WUCF: Orlando talks ukulele and 'Trio' with Jake Shimabukuro

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Interview with WUCF's Kendra Weaver

Referred to as "the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele," Jake Shimabukuro is a true virtuoso, and exhibits his talents once again with the release of  ‘Trio', available through Music Theories Recordings. With nearly twenty albums already under his belt, Shimabukuro enlists the help of bassist Nolan Verner and guitarist Dave Preston, as well as legendary producer R.S. Field, in presenting the ambience of a classic jam session taken into a studio and transformed into a captivating 13 track album. 

Recorded at Nashville's Sound Emporium, Shimabukuro and company took only a week to create this transcendent album. While ‘Trio' features a dynamic stylistic range, one track in particular, "Wai'alae", stands out for it's traditional Hawaiian influence, as well as its tribute to the bands that inspired Jake from a young age. "When I first started touring Japan back in 1999, I opened for the legendary Hawaiian band, Side Order Band, that consisted of artists I grew up listening to" says Jake. "They would open up with a rendition of "Wai'alae", which is a traditional Hawaiian song. It brought tears to my eyes because I missed home so much. "Wai'alae" is a tribute to those musicians."

In addition to tributes of traditional influences, Jake also loves to interpret classic rock hits into the ukulele. ‘Trio' includes incredible renditions of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here", as well as a cover of "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac, which is the only track on ‘Trio' that features vocals. 

89.9WUCF: Orlando Kendra Weaver talks with Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro about his latest album - "Trio". Listen