Daily News-Minder, Fairbanks: Alaska musician takes the ukulele to entertaining heights
With a stage name like Ukulele Russ, one might imagine Hawaiian shirts and inoffensive luau music or maybe a bunch of kid-friendly songs espousing the benefits of making friends and learning to tie shoes. But thatâ€™s about as far away from reality as possible.
Got A Ukulele: The Ukulele Russ Interview
Is 'the wild man of ukulele' that his nickname? I have no idea - but I just called him that. We talk regularly online but only recently have schedules collided to enable us to talk in more detail about his stuff.
Central Maine: Maine native returns to uke it up.
Everybody has this preconceived notion that Iâ€™m going to be singing songs about beaches and rainbows and playing all happy songs. Thatâ€™s really what people think about when they think ukulele â€” â€˜Aww, itâ€™s that cute little guitar from Hawaii.' Instead, he brings rock, blues, tongue-in-cheek and a catalog as varied as â€œYouâ€™re the One,â€ a sweet song to his wife, Dixmont native Lindsey, to â€œTwo Ply,â€ a Stevie Wonder-ish ode to toilet paper.
Ukulele Russ - â€œBig Truckâ€
Ukulele Russ and the Parks Highway Band perform at the Howling Dog Saloon on Halloween night in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Access: Ukulele tour gives young professionals valuable business experience.
An Australian concert tour that not only brings one of the best-known ukulele players to his fans, but provides essential work skills that will boost the CVs of aspiring young professionals. Those in the know love how the â€˜ukeâ€™ lends itself to a broad repertoire, from rock to RnB, jazz, funk and blues, country and even metal! And no one demonstrates its versatility better than Alaskaâ€™s â€œUkulele Russâ€.