January 13, 2002 |
The ukulele was the furthest thing from Steve Salardino's mind as he whipped his long hair around in the '80s to the goat-slaying sounds of Brit-metal avatars such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. But during a protracted period of unemployment in 1994, he was given a toy ukulele by his friend Eddy French. The pair would pass afternoons on French's porch with Salardino on uke and French slinging the banjo. "It gave me a way to express myself that was simple," Salardino says. "And small.