View Full Version : Taj Mahal playing uke?

09-27-2010, 06:53 AM
Check out this photo, it looks to me like he's playing a uke, maybe with a double course of C strings. Anybody know anything about this? Thanks,



09-27-2010, 07:18 AM
If my memory serves me correctly Pat Crockett is the guy's name that plays ukulele in Taj's band, on The New Hula Blues and the like... Taj lived on Kauai for a number of years. I am sure he has picked up an ukulele from time to time. That's about all the light I can shed on the picture.

Take care,

09-27-2010, 09:02 AM
It's definitely a uke. Some type of Lanikai. My concert has the same inlays on the bridge and fretboard. Other than that info, I know nothing.

09-27-2010, 09:04 AM
Check out this photo, Anybody know anything about this?


I know I dig that hat!

Chris Tarman
09-27-2010, 11:29 AM
I saw Taj at the Blues and Brews festival in Telluride Colorado in '01 (before I had a reason to notice ukuleles), and I am pretty sure he played one on a few tunes. He was really great, but mostly at that point I was trying to stay warm until James Brown came on!

09-27-2010, 12:20 PM
He plays uke on a few tunes from Maestro, his most recent album. Also check out Taj Mahal and the Hula Blues Band, which has some really neat songs.

09-27-2010, 05:47 PM
It looks like my Lanikai

Lanikai Ukes
10-03-2010, 05:08 PM
Yea he bought a CK6E from us a while back. I haven't seen this pic though. You can tell its ours from the split oval inlay on the fingerboard.

07-24-2016, 05:53 AM
I saw Taj last night. Great show and he was wielding an 8 string Kala in addition to a resonator guitar (his work horse) and a 5 string banjo. He played them all quite well.