Fans of cigar box guitars are legion and they are passionate -some call it a revival, some call it a revolution, some call it a nation. Cigar box guitars represent exactly what they are – something old becoming something new. This writer’s journey through the cigar box nation has been circuitous and fascinating. My first [...]
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What is the origin of the Cigar Box Guitar? We have dated the cigar box guitar back to the 1850’s. That’s about the time the US Government imposed a tax on cigar makers, forcing them to ship the cigars in smaller boxes instead of big crates. If you look at every cigar box you’ll see [...]
Richard Johnston is the street performer who wowed Devon Allman on Beale Street years ago. He has taken his one man band to Europe and been the subject of a documentary on his incredible street show. Talking with Richard, one thing became very, very clear – he is just as excited about his cigar box [...]
Inspired? Yes. Intentional? Not really. Beautiful? Absolutely. Devon Allman’s first evening spent with his own cigar box guitar inspired a melody in a quiet moment that soon became a fan favorite – “Yadira’s Lullaby.” Devon spoke with American Blues News about how the gift of his cigar box guitar reconnected two families and the [...]
> (Memphis, Tennessee) I am on the road with the Reba Russell Band this week playing blues festivals and clubs in Tampa and Jacksonville Beach, Florida, but stopping for a bit to write a few lines before my long drive back to the Home of the Blues. Thanks to all our friends in Florida for [...]