“He doesn’t play a traditional ukulele style,” says Adam Kasper, who has produced several Pearl Jam albums, and co-produced this one with Vedder. “He plays it like a guitar. He’s not doing the touristy chunka-chunka thing. Imagine Pete Townshend playing the ukulele. That’s the approach.”
Vedder, who’s also releasing a live concert DVD called “Water on the Road” the same day, fell in love with the ukulele in the late ’90s. He’s been writing on the instrument ever since, and credits it with adding new dimensions to his songs.
“I learned so much about music by playing this miniature songwriting machine, especially about melody,” Vedder has said. “I was able to apply it to whatever I’m trying to write. It’s become part of songwriting for me.”