By Greg Olwell

For his new album, living ukulele legend Jake Shimabukuro is jumping in a new direction. Nashville Sessions, which is scheduled for release September 23, features Jake recorded live in the studio with bassist Nolan Verner and drummer Evan Hutchings.


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At the suggestion of his manager, Van Fletcher, the trio went into a studio and created new music by jamming. In a press release, Shimabukuro talked about the challenges and opportunities of going in without an album of songs honed on the road. ““At first I was hesitant,” he said, adding, “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.”

The result is unlike anything he’s ever released. Check out the video for a taste.

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