Willie Nelson Playing a Solidbody uBass

Kala Brand Music Co. posted this photo of Country music legend Willie Nelson on its Facebook page.

The caption reads:

Willie Nelson checking out the new solid body U-Bass after Kokua Japan in Hawaii.

I wonder if Willie, or his bass player, will use it at his shows.


Bb Blues Jam with Magic Magnus

Our friend Magnus Sjoquist is back–after a too long absence–with a new video of his Kala uBass.

Here, Magnus (second from left) treats us to “C-Jam Blues in Bb.”

This is video #7 in his “Jammin’ with My Kala UBass” series. This time he’s rocking it with the Frank Vignola Trio.

Welcome back Magnus.

All That Jazz

Jazz on a uBass? Why the heck not. It’s perfect for that type of music, what with its upright bass sound and all.

If you’re going to play jazz on a uBass, you might as well play the best. And that’s exactly what YouTuber Balkon88–better known as Raphael Preuschl– has done. Choosing to play “26 2” from the great John Coltrane.

Give it a listen. Sit back, put your hands behind your head, close your eyes and enjoy!

Less Strings. More Melody.

The New York Times has finally discovered the Ukulele. And it took Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam to do it. Vedder is releasing a solo album of Ukulele songs on May 31.

The Times is running in its “Arts & Leisure” section tomorrow the article “Ukulele Crazy.” It’s in the print publication today (Arts & Leisure is an advance section), but dated tomorrow. It’s not online yet. Look for it on the paper’s web site tomorrow.

The article gives a pretty good–if basic–rundown of the history of the Ukulele. Opening with Eddie Vedder and his new solo album, it moves on to mentioning the usual suspects – Tiny Tim, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and Jake Shimabukuro. It also mentions some of those less well known (mostly by the media) Uke players like Amanda Palmer, Magnetic Fields, Buke and Gass and Dent May.

It’s an interesting read, though if you are at all interested in the Uke, you won’t learn anything from it.

Check it out when they post it online.

By the way, the headline of this post is Vedder’s description of the Ukulele’s advantages.

UPDATE 4-17: Here’s a link to a PDF copy of the story –

Uke Crazy – NYT 4-17-2011

New, In-Depth Ad for the Solidbody uBass

Kala Brand Music Co. has worked up a new, more in-depth advertisement for the Solidbody uBass.

The new ad is similar to the one we previously highlighted Here, but features all the model configurations. There are 16 different configurations of Solidbody uBass: four colors available in fretted and fretless.

A four-string fretless in Espresso sounds really nice.

uBass as a Percussion Instrument?

Who knew?

If you caught Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, you probably noticed that Bakithi Kumalo was playing the uBass as a percussion instrument, as well as a bass.

Check out this clip of Paul Simon and Kumalo performing Simon’s song “Rewrite” from his new album So Beautiful or So What.

Pretty cool. And pretty versatile.

Listen and enjoy.