Pearl Jam front-man, Eddie Vedder, has released an album of sparse ‘ukulele songs called… …”Ukulele Songs“. Wow, I guess imagination is alive and well in the 21st century… Joking aside, Vedder’s offering is really very bare-bones. For most songs, it’s just simple ‘ukulele and vocals. There are a couple of times where a second ‘ukulele or voice joins in and it’s a nice change. He’s not breaking any new ground as far as ‘ukulele playing goes, but the simple structure lets the songwriting speak for itself. The songs are short – 16 tracks only fill 35 minutes of album space. Ukulele Songs is not my cup of tea, but I’m sure some rocker-people will appreciate the ruggedness of the album.
While it lasts you can hear the whole album on NPR: First Listen: Eddie Vedder
Here’s the corresponding interview: Eddie Vedder On Giving The Ukulele A Turn In The Spotlight
Here’s a filmed-in-Hawai’i music video for the first track on the album – Can’t Keep: