Copied from the Truro Daily News Article 10-13-2014
James Hill and Jake Shimabukuro have been at the top of my personal list of the most well known and talented ukulele players in the world. They have both been spotted with baritone ukuleles in recent posts. Of course James Hill has an album with Anne which features his Mya-Moe bari.
It is interesting to note that with the resurgence of the ukulele, the "third wave," which has been affectionately focused on the GCEA ukulele has exploded. It has been my theory that many people have found that they have musical ability and they want to expand and explore.
Banjo ukuleles have been a strong area of growth with many of my ukulele playing friends. Banjo ukes are an easy conversion since the chords are the same shapes and in the same fret.
But, I was intrigued with the baritone ukulele early on. I loved the mellower low D sound. I started off with a low G concert uke and wanted to get a bit lower in range. I also found that my wife was much more amenable to my coach playing if my uke were a little softer. That allowed me more playing time -- every day!
Another big factor for me was listening to bari players like, Lil' Rev and the YouTube prolific bari old-time music, gospel, and bluesman Todd Baio, who went by the name Doogey9. They really showed me the great potential that I wanted to be part of.
I would like to invite you to share any news that you come across that other bari-uke players may benefit from. I welcome your photos of players with their baris or your photos of custom baris from your favorite luthiers.