What do you do when you live in a cabin in the middle of nowhere with no running water and temperatures that are 50 below? You play the ukulele — at least that’s what Ukulele Russ does.

He performed live Thursday for Daybreak’s Mic Check in the Morning.

Originally from Maine, Russ started playing the ukulele in the East Coast and has played all over the country. When touring in Alaska, he says he fell in love with the state and decided to make it his home.

Russ will play at the Blue Fox in Anchorage Thursday evening and in Talkeetna Friday.