Ukulele legend, Hawaii’s Jake Shimabukaro, who partly inspired Eddie Vedder to pick up the uke, spoke about Vedder in an recent interview.
When people like Eddie Vedder are singing your praises and critics are repeatedly saying how you have revolutionized the use of the ukulele as an instrument, does that ever get embarrassing? Or do you just smile and say thanks?
It’s an honor, really. I remember when I first read that quote from Eddie Vedder in Rolling Stone and the way he was talking about me. I just couldn’t believe it. I was thinking, “There must be some other guy out there named Jake playing the ukulele.” But it touched me to hear him say those things because he’s one of my heroes. He’s such an icon, and just the fact that he’s familiar with what I do just blows me away. Source