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The Jake Shimabukuro trio will show Asheville their energy when they play The Orange Peel / Citizen Times

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There's typically been a difference in the albums that ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro records and how he performs his compositions in concert. That difference is the amount of instrumentation, mostly drums, that are absent from the road. Shimabukuro made the difficult decision to not use drums on his upcoming project, an album titled "Trio" that will be released on Feb. 14. "The reason I wanted to do that is that because, even as much as I love the drums and the energy drums bring to an album, I felt that sometimes the sounds of the drums can hide some of the subtle nuances in the electric guitar and the bass," he said. "That was definitely a big difference having just electric bass, electric guitar and the ukulele. We depend on the drums to drive the song and give it a good groove," he continued. "When we play live we don't have the drummer and the energy can still get pretty intense and I wanted to see if that would translate on the album, so we just approached it as a trio."

Fans can find out just how much energy Shimabukuro, bassist Nolan Verner, and guitarist Dave Preston produce on stage when they play on Jan. 24 at The Orange Peel.

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