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Meet Dent May - The Man Who's Making Ukuleles Sexy Again

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From the depths of rural Mississippi, ukulele in hand, Dent May is here to rock your world - or perhaps just to seduce you with his croon. Harking back to the 1950s era lounge music, with a little Jens Lekman and some 1960s Tropicalia thrown in for good measure, Dent May is gunning single-handedly to bring the ukulele back. No longer will it be considered a plaything of hula girls and frat boys on spring break. It will be taken seriously... okay, maybe not. But it’s definitely fun to dance to, and Mr. May has crafted a wonderful debut album, “The Good Feeling Music of Dent May and his Magnificent Ukulele”, that pays homage to those great ukulele players that came before him.

Dent (along with his Magnificent Ukulele) will be taking the Troubadour stage this Thursday in support of A.C. Newman of the New Pornographers, and he was kind enough to speak to us over the weekend. Here is some of what was said."

Does your ukulele have a name?
The one I’m playing right now I bought two days ago in Seattle, so it doesn’t have a name yet. My old one was called Jimmy.

What happened to Jimmy?
Well, he’s an electric acoustic ukulele, and his electronics got messed up a couple days ago, so he wouldn’t plug in. But he can still play regularly, so don’t worry, Jimmy is still around. It was a huge bummer, though.