Joel Mabus Reveals 'Ukelele Crimes'

Mar 2, 2018

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Less than a year after releasing Different Hymnals, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joel Mabus has released Ukelele Crimes, featuring six new songs and seven choice vintage numbers, performed only with voice and tenor ukelele. Mabus joins Cara Lieurance to talk about the instrument and its history, and why circumstances were finally right to record his ukelele-centric songs. They sample several tracks including the originals "Ukelele Crimes," "Goats Can Eat Anything," "How Do You Spell Ukelele," and "The Reentrant," as well as WWI-era songs "The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" and "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans."

Mabus performs at the Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival on Saturday, March 3 at 3 pm.

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