"For most of my life, I’ve viewed the ukulele as a joke instrument. Popularized by people like Don Ho, Tiny Tim and my third grade music teacher, the four-stringed miniature always seemed like a silly substitute for a guitar. Now, however, the little lute’s renewed hipness is making me reconsider my prejudice. The kids in Brooklyn can’t get enough of the uke, Jake Shimabukoro wows audiences around the world, and locally, Danielle Ate the Sandwich is using the instrument for good, not evil.
But if anyone can truly convince me to embrace the ukulele, it’s singer-songwriter and one-woman band Robin Walker. Playing an electrified uke — through pedals and all — while playing a kick drum and crooning heartily, the young songstress pulls unprecedented sounds (and soul!) from the much-maligned axe.
But Walker’s music is about much more than her instrument. With a rich alto voice, stripped-bare lyrics and girl power spunk, the performer creates catchy, endearing and disarmingly sincere songs without veering too far into cutesy territory. Steal this Reverb exclusive recording of “Oiowa, a Hate Song for Iowa” and you’ll hear exactly what I mean."
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