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southcoastukes
08-07-2011, 03:55 PM
Actually, I don't listen to a whole lot of ukulele music, so I'm sure there are better opinions than mine. I have one CD by "Eugene".

How good do you'all think this guy is?

haolejohn
08-07-2011, 03:56 PM
Actually, I don't listen to a whole lot of ukulele music, so I'm sure there are better opinions than mine. I have one CD by "Eugene".

How good do you'all think this guy is?

I don't own any of his cds yet, but he is one of the few ukers that i actually watch their videos. I like him a lot.

23skidoo
08-07-2011, 04:17 PM
His videos are always right on..... has a great feel for the old school, both as a player and a singer. Plus he just seems like a hell of a nice guy.....

Doc_J
08-07-2011, 04:22 PM
I enjoy his music & videos and have one of his CD's. He's better than I'll ever be. (I'm working on that.:) )
I've been meaning to get another Eugene Ukulele CD. http://www.eugeneukulele.com/albums

OldePhart
08-07-2011, 04:42 PM
I like his stuff well enough that I ordered two of his CDs - and love them. Just watch his vids to get a feel for what he does - he's got about 40 of them up now I think. The CDs I have are a little more "produced" with additional instruments and such - but still good and not the over-compressed, over-produced stuff that seems to pass for recorded music these days.

John

UncleElvis
08-07-2011, 05:06 PM
not my style of music, but he's amazing, y'ask me!
Great player, great singer and I dig his arrangements and his whole vibe.

I'm not a fan of the style, but he's making me one!

ksiegel
08-07-2011, 05:09 PM
He's better than I am.... And he's playing upside down, too!



(Well, he IS in Australia!)

-Kurt

cletus
08-07-2011, 05:18 PM
I'm sure there are better opinions than mine.

No doubt:agree:, but as Eugene's tallest fan in PHX, he's all over my youtube fave list. The first time I saw one of his videos hit me RIGHT THERE.

Pippin
08-07-2011, 08:51 PM
Straight-up Kinda Guy! talented, too.

joeybug
08-07-2011, 09:18 PM
Very talented, great player and singing, love his CD's and plan to buy more :D

Always watch his YouTube because he makes awesome videos!

brucemoffatt
08-07-2011, 09:51 PM
Love the videos, bought one of his CDs, and he seems a great guy to boot which is always a bonus.

micromue
08-08-2011, 12:36 AM
Unique voice and lots of style. Like it a lot!

ItsMrPitchy
08-08-2011, 12:54 AM
Havent got one of his CDs but he is really talented. He exposed me to some new music which i have now fell in love with.

rreffner
08-08-2011, 01:45 AM
A fine playing artist who expresses himself quite well through the ukulele.

southcoastukes
08-08-2011, 03:36 AM
How about this particular song, for example. Apart from being a good song in and of itself, and well sung, are there a lot of people who play like this?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxwW5F3o-YY

Jnobianchi
08-08-2011, 04:41 AM
I LOVE Eugene's playing and singing styles and his choice of music. Yes - he's really good.

Do others play like this? Yes, good players do. :) Seriously, Winin' Boy and Remco Jensen in Belgium, Krouk in Paris, several guys in the UK and US. All are unique and different, and play different music. Eugene really has a great, unique take on "melody style."

He very kindly sent me his CD's like a year ago. I listen to one of them every couple of days. And yes, as others have said, he's a stand up guy. :)

fitncrafty
08-08-2011, 05:48 AM
I was never a fan of his style of music until I heard him I enjoy his music very muchy! I have all his cd's they are wonderful. He's a talented musician, great singer and a good performer too..

Raygf
08-08-2011, 06:27 AM
How about this particular song, for example. Apart from being a good song in and of itself, and well sung, are there a lot of people who play like this?

Dirk, Check out Lil' Rev. http://www.lilrev.com/content/view/13/26/

I have Fountain of Uke and Drop Baby Drop and they are both excellent ukulele cds.

southcoastukes
08-08-2011, 03:05 PM
Many thanks to Jnobianchi and Ray for a little more perspective of the range of ukulele players in the "traditional - not hawaiian?" styles.

I couldn't find everyone Jno mentioned, but those I did, I enjoyed. Ray, I have heard a bit of Lil' Rev, but that website gives a lot of complete songs to hear - gives me a much better appreciation of what he does.

That being said, I still have to admit I am rather amazed at Jon's talent as both an overall musician and as an ukulele player. He seems to let the overall musician part take precedence, as it should - there's no doubt a significant part of the package are the vocals.

In the one CD I have (Canoodlin'), it is also evident that he is very good on mandolin, banjo, and more. The arrangements are first rate as well. The best comparison I can make to what he does is to the "King of Mainland Ukulele": Wendell Hall. He was also adept at a number of instruments, and also a student of "historical forms". He pretty much singlehandedly brought back the music of Stephen Foster. If Jon had been born a hundred years ago, (and had an aptitude for self-promotion) I think it's possible we could all be collecting old "Eugene" model ukuleles today.

Do you think maybe this guy is a lttle underrated? He's a very familiar presence here, after all, and extremely prolific with his videos. As OldePhart mentioned, his CDs are not "overproduced", but I like that aspect very much as well.

For those who haven't heard one, I'd really recommend one of the CDs. In addition to the all the traditional music, he'll throw in a "Space Girl's Song" and such, and make them sound traditional as well. Keeps it all very entertaining.

His music has that good/bad aspect that comes from fine musicianship. I find one after another of these songs will stick in my head all day long. Never know which one will take over the brain on any given day, but they always make the day go better.

OldePhart
08-08-2011, 03:43 PM
How about this particular song, for example. Apart from being a good song in and of itself, and well sung, are there a lot of people who play like this?


I don't know about a lot of people playing like that, but I know at least one guy who wishes he could play like that. In fact, I know this guy so well I shave his face every morning! :)

John

OldePhart
08-08-2011, 03:57 PM
Do you think maybe this guy is a lttle underrated? He's a very familiar presence here, after all, and extremely prolific with his videos. As OldePhart mentioned, his CDs are not "overproduced", but I like that aspect very much as well.


I think he's very underrated - but he seems pretty happy. As I understand it, he does a few local shows "down under" but his main "day job" is a pretty humble one. (BTW, Jon, I don't think I speaking out of turn here, this is stuff you've posted at one time or another.)

I've known a few guys like him, incredible talents who could easily make a living full time in music but they have different priorities. I used to work with a guy who was an amazing guitarist and decent lead vocalist. He'd played with a couple of "name" bands that went on to tour internationally but he had to choose between going full time on the road and his Air Force career and he chose the latter because his wife liked the stability. There was one club we used to hang out in when we were TDY at one location because it was near our hotel. We spent enough time there that the management got to know us, especially Greg. He kind of became their "band fixer" when we were in town. Many a time the "band of the week" wouldn't be quite cutting it, no one would be dancing, etc. The club manager would inform the band that they needed to let Greg sit in for a set and, every single time, halfway into the first number the dance floor would be full. I think he's the only lead player / vocalist I've known that could pull that off. I've known some drummers and bassists that could drive a mediocre band into the kind of solid rhythm that fills a dance floor but I think Greg is the only guitarist/vocalist I've known that could consistently do that with complete strangers backing him.

John

Hippie Dribble
08-08-2011, 04:51 PM
better than his mum but not as good as John Bianchi. :o

TCK
08-08-2011, 05:34 PM
90,000 songs on my hard drives and a stack of records (yes- real live records) waiting to be assimilated, and I listen to Eugene's stuff every day. As a consummate collector of anything musical, I believe I have every second of output that Jon has thrown out there...and I would gladly send money half way around the world for more.
What is the draw? I don't know, but a lot of it has to be the musicianship- the man is genius on the fretboard, and his technique is something to aspire to. And his voice seems just about right for everything he does. Makes me shake my fist at him sometimes for sure.
But music- she is a fickle mistress, and anyone who spends all their time listening to it and doing nothing else knows that there is something that you gotta have there to make it magic. Heart is the key ingredient, and Jon has gobs of that. You know- Buddy and Julie Miller kind of heart, Louvin Brothers kind of heart, Clifton Chenier kind of heart :). That's what works for me, it worked for Otis and Aretha and Mavis- and it works for John. This is not over-produced crapola, it is blood and guts, the real deal...just buy his version of St. James and you will get it.
Then there is the guy himself. I surely am missing him right now, but who else is going to swap tunes at 2 AM with a complete stranger (aside from Dirk :)). Music for me is life, and Jon is always there to compliment my shabby output and help out when I need it (often). There are a few of you on here (Melissa's favorite saying when I am dragging her to youtube is "Australia Jon or New York John?") but he is a big part of the reason I still play and try to get better, and I thank him for that because it has amounted to a lot of great times for my wife and I. He is really the kind of guy we all want to grow up to be for the most part, and that is a great thing.
Under-rated- absolutely, but he is his biggest critic. If you see him, knock 'im in the head for me and tell him how great this stuff is.
And buy his CD's- they are worth their weight in gold. I will gladly review any of them for you if you want- just PM me.
Yeah- Eugene is totally my Justin Beiber. So much there I aspire too.....

southcoastukes
08-08-2011, 05:38 PM
better than his mum but not as good as John Bianchi. :o

Well, I do think Jon is pretty good, but I never wanted to imply he was in the same league as John Bianchi.

shrink9
08-08-2011, 06:21 PM
Not only is Jon an amazing musician, his humility as a person is right up there in my book. I have many of Jon's CDs and really enjoy when he posts new videos. At first I wasn't sure where this thread was headed and was feeling quite protective of Jon and my appreciation for his talent. I am glad that it turned out to not be the roast that I feared.

Allen