When Eddie Vedder starts name-dropping you in Rolling Stone and is inspired to record an album full of ukulele songs because of you, it's safe to say that you've arrived. Or maybe it's when Jimmy Buffett takes you on tour with him for three years. Or when you perform a cover of a Beatles song with Bette Midler in a performance for the Queen of England and Queen E. chats with you afterward. Or when a documentary gets made about you that focuses on how you're revolutionizing the use of your instrument? Yeah, you've arrived.
Hawaii's resident ukulele rock star, Jake Shimabukuro, has experienced all of these things during his short musical career, and he still can't believe any of it. But if you check out his latest release, Grand Ukulele, you'll see what all the fuss is about. We asked the uke man, why this of all instruments, and he told us about changing the channel when a commercial he's in comes on the tube.