Woodshedding, v.; meaning to practice or hone skills, particularly musical skills. The origin is from the fact that for purposes of privacy, people would go to their woodshed to practice without being overheard or disturbed.

John, Shoeless Joe, and John would like to thank you guys for your continued support of Turlock Uke Jamz, and the Carnegie Arts Center. You guys are what makes it all possible.

Mahalo Nui Loa.

Just a reminder that the Carnegie may not be able to open until this Covid-19 pandemic is over. Please be patient. Thank you.

January 22, 2021- Aloha! Welcome to the new year. I only have one new song to add this time. It is the perfect farewell song by Queen Liliuokalani, Aloha ‘Oe

November 25, 2020- Happy Thanksgiving (tomorrow)! Here are a few new Holiday Songs to woodshed after you are stuffed with turkey. First is a favorite from my youth, All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth. I recommend Jimmy Buffet’s version for a refresher and it’s in the same key. Next up is an oldie, a recommendation from Kathy Murray, Good King Wenceslas. Then there’s one for Bass John, a Beach Boys tune, Little Saint Nick. And finally, the Burl Ives classic from the Rudolph the Red Nosed Raindeer TV show, Silver and Gold. Merry Christmas and I hope you enjoy these new listings. -Shoeless

September 19, 2020- Well, here are a couple of songs that have been sitting around on my computer waiting for the finishing touches. First is the lovely Hawaiian song Wahine Ilikea by the Rev. Dennis Kamakahi. I learned this tune from our Sunshine Coconuts gals. Next is another sad cowboy song, but take heart, it only has two chords, Bury Me Not On the Lone Prairie. Give those a try.

April 22, 2020- Well isn’t this a crazy time? Covid-19, virtual Jamz, stay home and play? It’s been a while since I’ve been in the Woodshed. I’ve had some of these songs on my computer for a while so I apologize. First up, we have a re-do of By the Time I Get To Phoenix. I put it in an easier-to-play key by request. The old version has been eliminated, so you will have to replace it with this one. Next, is a beautiful song, Kaleohano by IZ. It is in the Hawaiian language, but the chords are easy and not fast. This song always gives me chills (or chicken skin, as they say in Hawaii). We have added a classic Jimmy Buffet tune, Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes for a more Key West vibe. Lastly, I am adding a couple of Holiday songs that have been taking up space on my computer. We will try them out after Thanksgiving. They are, Pretty Paper by Willie Nelson, and Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer by Elmo and Patsy. Well, that’s it for now. I’m sure I’ll be adding more to our Songs in the Covid future. See you all on line. -Shoeless Joe

Nov. 19, 2019- Merry Thanksgiving! I don’t have any new Christmas songs to add to the Woodshed, just one edit for the Holidays (so far anyway). I fixed a misplaced chord in The Christmas Song that I wanted to correct before the December Jamz. I know some of you have been using the old version for many years, but this one has just been bugging me…He’s bringing lots of toys and goodies on his Sleigh…right there. Peace to you. Shoeless

Oct. 18, 2019- We have three Country Music songs to add to the list, inspired by the Ken Burns documentary of the same name. First up is I Still Miss Someone by the Cash family. Next is the Ernest Tubb classic, Walking the Floor Over You. And finally, the signature sign off song Happy Trails, written by Dale Evans. Enjoy them! Yee-haa!

Aug. 20, 2019- It’s been a busy summer and I have been travelin’ so I only have one new song to add today. California Stars is a Guthrie tune covered by Wilco (and also Bob Seeger). I hope you enjoy it.

April 20, 2019- We have three new songs that we have added to the archive. They are all from movie soundtracks. First is Elvis’ Blue Hawaii from the movie of the same name (thank you Joey from Tracy). Next is When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (thank you John from BCUS). And finally, from the latest remake of A Star Is Born, Maybe It’s Time, which was written by Jason Isbell and sung by Bradley Cooper. Enjoy these and look for them in upcoming Jamz.

March 27, 2019- Only one song to add to the woodshed this month. It is a traditional cowboy ballad, Streets of Loredo, also known as The Cowboy’s Lament. It has many variations, but this one is along the lines of the version recorded by Arlo Guthrie.

Feb. 27, 2019- We have three new songs to add to the master list this month. First is the beautiful John Denver song, Perhaps Love. Next is a fantastic Arthur Godfrey tune, Makin’ Love Ukulele Style, first published in 1949. And finally, a good ol’ Elvis song, That’s All Right Mama. Look for these in upcoming Jamz!