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Kala Ukulele endorsing artist Rachel Pearl

Kala Ukulele endorsing artist Rachel Pearl

Thanks to Rachel Pearl for taking some time to answer a few questions as our Kala Ukulele artist of the week! As Rachel lives in Nashville, we are not too far away (Atlanta, GA)… hopefully I can find the opportunity to hear her live soon. I have enjoyed listening/watching some of her videos and it is obvious that Rachel is a person with great talent and a passion for her music. Without delay, here is another Kala Uke artist interview….

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BIO (from www.facebook.com/RachelPearlMusic/info)

Rachel Pearl hails from Bowling Green, KY, where she grew up with music. Her mother is a popular blues singer from that area and her great Uncle Bill has played at Woodstock and made music all over the world.

She moved to the Nashville area in 2000 to learn more about herself and music. She travels the US with her ukulele and guitar singing original jazzy tunes, Top 40 hits and jazz standards.

Such is the enigma, the phenomenon called Rachel Pearl. She has such a range of technique in her work and is not afraid to experiment with some amazing results. With her jazz background and classical training, she tackles pop music with all that she's got, unafraid of shying outside the norm. Her ability to bring together classic sounds with current pop iconic music distinguishes her from many other musicians and also points to a growing trend. Pearl brings a warm vocal tone and vintage taste to electronic popular music. These days Rachel Pearl's new sound has been heavily influenced by artists such as: Oh Land, Robyn, Florence and the Machine, Kimbra, Lady Gaga, Imogen Heap, Katy Perry, Natasha Bedingfield, Madonna and many more.

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1) Where is home for you at the moment?    

“Nashville is my home! They call it Music City for good reason. There is so much talent here. I visit other big music towns like NYC and Los Angeles, but they don't feel like home. They are great for inspiration and collaboration though.”

2) What were your earliest/ and current musical influences?  

“My earliest influences were artists like Bonnie Raitt, Cyndi Lauper, The Beatles, Herman and the Hermits, …..I listened to so many things growing up. My mother had stacks of vinyl records and my twin sister and I would listen on our little record player. My current influences range from Ella and Julie London, to Katy Perry and Oh Land.”

3) When did you start playing the Uke?

“I started playing ukulele after a relative passed away and I was given their instruments. It was three years ago. One was a mahogany soprano, the other a tenor banjo ukulele. Both were at least 60-80 years old and I felt that they deserved to be cleaned up and played.”

4) What Kala Ukes are you currently playing?

I love the solid acacia tenor and the (now discontinued) curly mango tenor. One of my favorites is also the arch top. It has a wonderfully warm sound.”

5) Any current musical projects you would like to tell us about (tours/CD's)? 

“My newest release is my self-titled CD "rachel pearl". It is pretty different from my jazzy CDs, but I think that music is all about taking chances and learning new things as you go. I've been songwriting more than I ever have and I've been learning a lot. I will return to a more acoustic sound, I'm sure. And I still post ukulele videos from time to time.” 

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Here on Parrot Island (that imaginary place where the Parrot Island Band resides), I finished a new song this week. 🙂 The title of the song is If You Want a Happy Song and is a reminder (to me and hopefully others) that we are responsible for our own happiness and have the choice each day to write our own happy song….  We have a gig at a small coffee shop this weekend and will have the opportunity to play this song live. I always enjoy sharing new songs with people and, even better, when it is in a small setting. Until next week….

Beaches and blessings,

Bry Harris


Kala Ukulele Artist

Jack’s BBQ Review


Jack's BBQ Review

Parrot Island Band loves Jack's BBQ


The second day of our (the Parrot Island Band) trip to Nashville included a stop by Jack’s BBQ Restaurant. There was a line outside the door and down the sidewalk and although I was tempted to eat somewhere else, I’m glad I waited (about 30-40 minutes).


Parrot Island Band had a great time at Jack'sIf you’ve ever seen the “soup Nazi” episode of Seinfeld, you get a sense of what it is like to order at Jack’s. The server behind the counter was a no-nonsense gentleman who barked out options and punctuating each with a firm, “yes or no?”.  I did get a bit of a smile from him (after I ordered) when I told him he sure smelled nice (like smoked BBQ). I had a jumbo pulled pork sandwich with baked beans and potato salad. Although I wasn’t crazy about the sides, the BBQ was delicious!

We spent a good part of the afternoon looking around the rest of Nashville. There was a guitar shop (recommended by Steve Youngblood- Parrot Island Band tracks down Elvisthanks Steve!) that we spent some time in… some really beautiful guitars. The thing that struck me about so many of the shops were all the Elvis items for sale (I could see the Elvis focus in Memphis, but Nashville?… but I guess whatever sells…)


All in all, a great place to visit… also took a drive down music row. A lot of musician’s taking their dreams to Nashville, interesting that Jimmy Buffett found his success when he left Nashville and headed to Key West.