Today, Seattle expat and former Rocket writer Ann Powers weighs in for NPR on Eddie Vedder's new album of ukulele songs, sensibly titled Ukulele Songs:
Vedder said he hopes that Ukulele Songs would encourage listeners to step away from their computers and televisions and make some music of their own, preferably with friends. Some of the material collected on the record was written back in the mid-'90s after Vedder first picked up the instrument. For him, the modest chordophone itself has been a companion in times of loneliness.
It's a fine profile, including some campfire sing-along anecdotes from Vedder and some typically sharp contextualizing from Powers. Read the whole thing here.