Raul Malo at The Rib Room

Raul Malo, who’s quickly becoming the unofficial spokesman for the Kala uBass (at least around this blog), will take the stage Sunday at Neumeier’s Rib Room & Beer Garden in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He’s bringing his uBass.

According to an article in the Times Record Online:

The size of a standard ukulele, the bass ukulele emits low sounds similar to those heard from a standup bass, Malo said. He thinks the sight and sound of the instrument will be one of several “fun” things for those attending the concert.

Malo, formerly the leader of The Mavericks, is a multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, bass, uBass, guitar and others.

I had the pleasure of spending the day with Malo this past July in my photo studio in New York. He was in to do a shoot with one of my colleagues for the cover of his forthcoming album, Saints & Sinners. He didn’t bring his uBass, but he did get to play my acoustic Alvarez bass and some piano. Unfortunately, the record company decided not to use any of the photos taken that day for the cover.

Still, it was a pleasant day, with Malo regaling us with some of his stories about life on the road as a solo artist.