On November 12th, 2021, the acclaimed Hawaii born ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro released "Jake & Friends", his most creatively ambitious project to date, featuring collaborations with a who's who of music royalty, from Willie Nelson and Bette Midler to Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Loggins. In terms of size and scope and considering the sheer number of legendary stars who graciously loaned their inimitable talents to the project, "Jake & Friends" can only be compared to other benchmark duets albums by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, a shining testament to just how far the singularly gifted Jake has come.
Jake's own head spins when looking over his high wattage guest list featured on the album. Willie Nelson, Bette Midler, Jimmy Buffett, Moon Taxi, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Jon Anderson, Ziggy Marley, Warren Haynes, Jack Johnson, Jesse Colin Young, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel, Sonny Landreth, Lukas Nelson and Billy Strings. "I have to pinch myself when I see those names on my own album", he says. "It's like, 'did that really happen?', making the album was a real challenge, but I'm deeply honored that all of the artists agreed to record with me".