Ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro has announced a new concert on Friday, October 14 at The Republik in Honolulu, HI to celebrate the release of his new album Nashville Sessions,Each ticket purchase will receive a free copy of Nashville Sessions. For tickets, visit www.jointherepublik.com
We talked to Jake about the new CD; it features eleven tracks. Nashville Sessions is Jake's first album of all original songs. At the suggestion of his manager, Jake went into a Nashville studio this past January to jam with two top Nashville session players, Jake's bassist Nolan Verner and drummer Evan Hutchings. "At first I was hesitant," Shimabukuro admits. "'We're just going to go in and jam? Really? With nothing prepared?' I never dreamed we would leave the studio six days later with a full album."
Jake said: "After many years of working with friends Milan Bertosa, Noel Okimoto, Dean Taba, and Michael Grande in Hawaii, it was a bit scary for me to fly over to Nashville and record with different people. But being in a different environment, out of my comfort zone, challenged me in different ways and I think the new recording reflects that - especially the compositions. Overall it was a positive experience and I learned a lot from it. I am looking forward to sharing it with my friends and family in Hawaii!"
We also reflected on the life and times of Hawaii Musicians and Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winners Ernie Cruz Jr. and Guy Cruz who recently passed away within days of each other. Guy was a bandmate of Jake's when they were part of the group "Colon"; Jake also mentioned that Ernie was part of the Ka'au Crater Boys, which Jake and his Pure Heart band members looked up to.