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Mopey
10-05-2009, 04:34 AM
Since starting the uke a few years ago I have been on quite the musical journey and am a lot more informed about musical history than I was before.

In terms of Uke players and Uke bands I have listened to most of the obvious ones – Jake and James, Herb Ohta , Lyle Ritz, Roy Smeck, Beirut, Ukulele Ike etc

Now I seem to have come to a dead end and wonder if I can get some suggestions to get me inspired again.

What uke players would you recommend I listen to? I feel like I am probably missing out some of the current big name uke players that I just haven’t heard of yet. Also are there Uke bands out there playing contemporary music aside from Beirut?

My tastes are pretty wide ranging so I will consider any genre.

Thanks.

lespaul_79
10-05-2009, 04:53 AM
I ended up with a random MP3 by this guy called Coming Home Baby. It's in Em and kinda like Chitlons Con Carne. I play it with my buds now. Really cool and you can feel how he is grooving on that song. I need to get more.

Here's his myspace.
http://www.myspace.com/dansawyersoybean

Mopey
10-05-2009, 05:01 AM
I ended up with a random MP3 by this guy called Coming Home Baby. It's in Em and kinda like Chitlons Con Carne. I play it with my buds now. Really cool and you can feel how he is grooving on that song. I need to get more.

Here's his myspace.
http://www.myspace.com/dansawyersoybean

Thanks, I will check that out tonight.

UKISOCIETY
10-05-2009, 05:27 AM
Since starting the uke a few years ago I have been on quite the musical journey and am a lot more informed about musical history than I was before.

In terms of Uke players and Uke bands I have listened to most of the obvious ones – Jake and James, Herb Ohta , Lyle Ritz, Roy Smeck, Beirut, Ukulele Ike etc

Now I seem to have come to a dead end and wonder if I can get some suggestions to get me inspired again.

What uke players would you recommend I listen to? I feel like I am probably missing out some of the current big name uke players that I just haven’t heard of yet. Also are there Uke bands out there playing contemporary music aside from Beirut?

My tastes are pretty wide ranging so I will consider any genre.

Thanks.


There are a few UU members I would recommend you listen to, if you haven't already. Here's a list with a great variety of styles. But they're all must-hears!

Ken Middleton (http://www.youtube.com/user/KenMiddletonUkulele)
BaronK69 (http://www.youtube.com/user/BaronK69)
Doogey9 (http://www.youtube.com/user/doogey9)
GUGUG (http://www.youtube.com/user/GUGUG)
unclejeff64 (http://www.youtube.com/user/unclejeff64)
seeso (http://www.youtube.com/user/seeso)
russbuss415 (http://www.youtube.com/user/russbuss415)
thedirtyjohnson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZCOYn4P6Mk)

All are different, all make the ukulele their own.

(edit- I don't know if GUGUG is a UU member. He should be, if not!)

Mopey
10-05-2009, 05:50 AM
There are a few UU members I would recommend you listen to, if you haven't already. Here's a list with a great variety of styles. But they're all must-hears!

Ken Middleton (http://www.youtube.com/user/KenMiddletonUkulele)
BaronK69 (http://www.youtube.com/user/BaronK69)
Doogey9 (http://www.youtube.com/user/doogey9)
GUGUG (http://www.youtube.com/user/GUGUG)
unclejeff64 (http://www.youtube.com/user/unclejeff64)
seeso (http://www.youtube.com/user/seeso)
russbuss415 (http://www.youtube.com/user/russbuss415)
thedirtyjohnson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZCOYn4P6Mk)

All are different, all make the ukulele their own.

(edit- I don't know if GUGUG is a UU member. He should be, if not!)

I have seen the Ken Middleton and GUGUG videos, they are both very good. I will check out the rest.

Ukulele Dude
10-05-2009, 06:10 AM
I would recommend Jesse Kalima's album, 'Jess Uke'. Good stuff from one of the early Tenor players.

fromthee2me
10-05-2009, 07:34 AM
Gerald Ross ? I have 4 of his CD's and the variety/genres are nicely mixed.

www.geraldross.com if you want to check it out?

Ken Middleton
10-05-2009, 07:38 AM
Don't forget to listen to UKISOCIETY as well.

hoosierhiver
10-05-2009, 07:48 AM
Saw these guys in Milwaukee. Great stuff!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vakyhsvtt1M

hoosierhiver
10-05-2009, 08:06 AM
....and this guy is my underdog favorite.

He really works those Harmonys (vocals and a Harmony uke)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc6UV_W-8Mw

Brad Bordessa
10-05-2009, 08:09 AM
You say "etc", but here are some names not on your list.

Eddie Kamae
Don Baduria
You said Herb Ohta, so I'm assuming that you mean Jr. - listen to his dad: Ohta-san. If you meant Ohta-san, listen to his son (Herb Ohta Jr.)
Brittni Paiva
Byron Yasui
Benny Chong
David Kamakahi
Victoria Vox
Kimo Hussey
Abe Lagrimas Jr.

At a certain point the 'ukulele stops being a well explored instrument. Thus, we have to listen to other instruments to get ideas. Guitar is the first on the list. Here are some of the best:

Eric Johnson
Carlos Santana
Andy Summers (police)
Eric Clapton
BB King
Ledward Kaapana
Roland Cazimero

That should get you a ways down the road.

haolejohn
10-05-2009, 08:17 AM
Since starting the uke a few years ago I have been on quite the musical journey and am a lot more informed about musical history than I was before.

In terms of Uke players and Uke bands I have listened to most of the obvious ones – Jake and James, Herb Ohta , Lyle Ritz, Roy Smeck, Beirut, Ukulele Ike etc

Now I seem to have come to a dead end and wonder if I can get some suggestions to get me inspired again.

What uke players would you recommend I listen to? I feel like I am probably missing out some of the current big name uke players that I just haven’t heard of yet. Also are there Uke bands out there playing contemporary music aside from Beirut?

My tastes are pretty wide ranging so I will consider any genre.

Thanks.

You don't mention aldrine. I was going to recommend some UUers but ukisociety beat me to that but DeG is another great UUer.

Matt Clara
10-05-2009, 08:49 AM
As I've listened to the different ukers out there I've found I really like classical music performed on the uke (and pretty much nowhere else!). Check out Gerald Ross.

lespaul_79
10-05-2009, 09:27 AM
Saw these guys in Milwaukee. Great stuff!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vakyhsvtt1M

This is the Boulder Acoustic Society. One of my fav bands in the Boulder/Front Range area.

Mopey
10-05-2009, 10:16 AM
Thanks for all the replies. Some names I am familiar with but lots of new ones. Looking forward to checking them all out.

Just started with the Pyles song on YouTube. That's great. One of the things I like most is to see people turning the ukulele to original material.

WhenDogsSing
10-05-2009, 10:23 AM
There are a few UU members I would recommend you listen to, if you haven't already. Here's a list with a great variety of styles. But they're all must-hears!

Ken Middleton (http://www.youtube.com/user/KenMiddletonUkulele)
BaronK69 (http://www.youtube.com/user/BaronK69)
Doogey9 (http://www.youtube.com/user/doogey9)
GUGUG (http://www.youtube.com/user/GUGUG)
unclejeff64 (http://www.youtube.com/user/unclejeff64)
seeso (http://www.youtube.com/user/seeso)
russbuss415 (http://www.youtube.com/user/russbuss415)
thedirtyjohnson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZCOYn4P6Mk)

All are different, all make the ukulele their own.

(edit- I don't know if GUGUG is a UU member. He should be, if not!)

I'll add UKISOCIETY to the list...:D

DeG
10-05-2009, 11:25 AM
These UUers also have either CDs or MP3s available for download:

Howlin' Hobbit
WS64
Craig Brandeau
Cali Rose
Craig Robertson
Ukulele Jim

Also, non-UUers but still awesome are:
Troy Fernandez
Tamaine Gardner

hoosierhiver
10-05-2009, 11:38 AM
Can't forget Jon Keone Pak.
http://www.youtube.com/user/keonepax

Christie
10-05-2009, 12:27 PM
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Wellington International Uke Orchestra
John King

Kanaka916
10-05-2009, 01:20 PM
Gotta check out these two guys on YT; Jason Arimoto and guting, nuff said! You should also check out some of the Japanese players, you'll be surprised at the caliber of their playing. Oh I forgot, Ryan Imamura, check out his cover of Bandito Tyler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHb9DjqZE80&feature=sdig&et=1254740469.39) . . . the kid rocks.

Harold O.
10-05-2009, 01:25 PM
http://janetklein.com/

For '20s - '30s material.

Strummingbird Stu
10-05-2009, 02:02 PM
My favorite uke player to listen to is Herb Ohta, Jr. His playing is very clean and beautiful. His collaborations with Daniel Ho are also great uke music! Check him out!

mailman
10-05-2009, 02:21 PM
I also recommend The Barnkickers and Ukebucket....