PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – He’s been called the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele, and for good reason. What JakeÂ Shimabukuro can do with the tiny four string instrument isÂ absolutelyÂ amazing and beautiful, and his abilities have garnered him international acclaim from fans and contemporaries in the music industry.
Shimabukuro’s last album,Â “Peace, Love, Ukulele,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard World Charts in 2011, and his newest album, “Grand Ukulele,” is even more ambitious.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Sunny Skies Following Overnight Storms
Produced Â withÂ legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons, best known for his work on Pink Floydâs “Dark Side of the Moon” and the Beatlesâ “Abbey Road,” includes renditions ofÂ Stingâs âFields of Goldâ and Adeleâs âRolling in the Deep.”
KDKA-AM’s Larry and John talk toÂ Shimabukuro about his new album and the appeal of the ukulele.Â Shimabukuro talked about how he’s made it big with this small instrument.
“That’s why I like playing the ukulele,” says Shimabukuro.Â “It makes me look bigger.”READ MORE: Secretary Of State Antony Blinken To Make Pittsburgh Visit
Shimabukuro has become famous for playing amazing renditions of popular music, like Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
“This was definitely one of the more complexÂ arrangementsÂ that I’ve ever come up with for the ukulele,” saysÂ Shimabukuro. “But it was so much fun trying to capture the spirit and essence of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ on four strings. That’s what I love about the instrument.”
And Jake is still having fun while taking hisÂ HawaiianÂ music to the world.
“I’m able to travel and do concerts, and I’m loving it.”MORE NEWS: Nestle Recalls DiGiorno Crispy Pan Pepperoni Pizzas Due To Mislabeling Issue
“Grand Ukulele” is available now, and you can check out a PBS documentaryÂ on Shimabukuro called “Life on Four Strings” on May 10.