Blues Ukulele and Ukulele 2014: Spotify Playlists

For the last few years I’ve been making Spotify playlists of the year’s ukulele releases. You can find previous year’s lists here along with a few other ukulele playlists. 2014’s list is starting to fill up nicely with long standing uke acts (like Tony Penultimate of the UOGB and Aaron Keim’s The Quiet American), big stars (Damon Albarn and Imelda May) and exciting new acts (Gracie Terzian and Breaks Co-op).

I’ve also been inspired to start a blues ukulele list after discovering these three artists:

Lemon Nash: Arhoolie recently released a stunning collection of tracks by Lemon Nash recorded between 1956 and ’61. Would have loved to hear how he sound in the ’20s. Looks like we’ll have to wait for the invention of the flux capacitor for that though.

Laura Dukes: I learned about Laura Dukes pretty multi simultaneous from Valerie June (who name checked Laura Dukes as her inspiration for picking up the ukulele) and the BBC series The Devil’s Music which had a performance from her: YouTube link/iPlayer link.

Joe Linthecome: Who I can’t find much about and seems to have only recorded the two songs on the playlist.

If you’re similarly inspired you might be interested in How to Play Blues Ukulele (super-secret $5 discount code for people reading this: papalemon).

If there’s someone else who should be included in either list let me know in the comments.

Blues Ukulele

Spotify Link

Tracklist

Joe Linthecome – Pretty Mama Blues
Joe Linthecome – Humming Blues
Laura Dukes – Crawdad
Laura Dukes – Stack O’Lee Blues
Laura Dukes – Jimmy, You Are My Heart and Soul
Lemon Nash – Gravedigger’s Blues
Lemon Nash – Papa Lemon’s Blues
Lemon Nash – Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
Lemon Nash – Those Drafting Blues
Sam Ku West Harmony – The Wang Wang Blues
Del Rey – Rockin’ Chair Blues
Jim Beloff – Blues On A Ukulele
Mark Kailana Nelson – Wild Cow Blues
Lil Rev – Ukulele Blues
Lil Rev – Rockpile Blues
Gerald Ross – Ukulele Stomp

Ukulele 2014

Spotify Link

Tracklist

Holland Greco – Stuck
Gracie Terzian – Love Rest – Acoustic Version
Hafdis Huld – Little Light
Ninebarrow – Mother
Shelley O’Brien – Spring Drum
Zoë Bestel – Listen
The Anything Goes Orchestra – Jonny Got a Boom Boom
Imelda May – Dreaming – Ukulele Track
We Were Evergreen – Overnight
David Megarrity – Shoelaces and Yo-Yo
Tyrone and Lesley – All Dressed Up
Tony Penultimate – Blackpool
Kara Square – The Most Generic Thing
Svavar Knútur – Tokan Acoustic
Caravan Gogh – Waltz of the Sunflowers
Breaks Co-Op – Sounds Familiar
The Quiet American – Worth a Million
The Burning Glass – Leather Jacket
Bella Hemming – Play Guitar
Zee Avi – Rainbow Connection
Damon Albarn – Mr Tembo
One Happy Island – Hard Drive

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13 Comments

  1. Catarina Clemente June 5th, 2014 2:59 pm

    Sweet! :)

  2. Woodshed June 5th, 2014 8:42 pm

    Catarina: Glad you like!

  3. James Cline June 6th, 2014 6:45 pm

    Hi!

    Saw this post via Twitter-would love to be included on your 2014 list!
    This year so far I’ve released an album and several individual instrumental covers for Uke/Guitar duo-

    You can find my Spotify “artist” profile here: http://open.spotify.com/artist/0ukcwHA0sNrslSif2YJnLA

    Thanks!

  4. Woodshed June 6th, 2014 8:37 pm

    James: Great! I’ve added you to the list.

  5. Brice June 9th, 2014 7:34 pm

    Is it just me or are the two spotify links mixed up? Both are great but I wanted the blue link and it brought me to Ukulele 2014 and vice versa.

  6. Woodshed June 9th, 2014 9:15 pm

    Brice: Ah bugger! Thanks very much for letting me know. Should be fixed now.

  7. Nick Gravestock June 19th, 2014 4:54 pm

    I know his name is elsewhere, but shouldn’t Manitoba Hal be on the Blues list too?

  8. Woodshed June 20th, 2014 7:52 am

    Nick: Yeah, he would have been but his only album on Spotify is the non-ukulele one.

  9. Jim D'Ville July 13th, 2014 12:31 am

    Al, Thanks so much for including Waltz of the Sunflowers!

  10. Woodshed July 13th, 2014 6:57 am

    Jim: My pleasure! Excellent work on the album.

  11. Urbanmeister July 17th, 2014 5:56 pm

    Gracie Terzian “Love Rest” – simply brilliant. Beautifully ‘clean’ voice and she’s playing a harp uke, my favourite instrument. Any idea of the chords she’s using?

    Thanks again, Woodshed, this is seriously good stuff.

  12. Woodshed July 18th, 2014 2:53 pm

    Urbanmeister: Yeah, she’s great. She wrote up the chords in a comment on the video for it. It’s the reply to ‘whytheturtles’.

  13. Urbanmeister July 18th, 2014 3:32 pm

    Thanks, Woodshed, this is appreciated. Also found out that she’s not a lefty – the camera reverses it. Had me fooled. This young woman is talented and deserves a wider audience. Thanks again.

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