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Matthew Borczon
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a free download of acoustic cookie tin music

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built from Hunger

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Matthew Borczon commented on Blue Collar Devil's photo

Blue Collar Devils logo

"I really like that. Would make an awesome poster."
Matthew Borczon commented on karl waring's video

Johnny Lowebow - Route One Girls

"one of my favorite. Punky and authentic and true to his muse no matter what. Hope he is still playing ."
Oct 16
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the Muckland Crooners - Jambalaya cover

"I almost missed this. Glad I found it, really enjoyable and fun you guys are just Great!!!"
Oct 15
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Baby please don't go 3 string cbg

"I love the acoustic sound. Much more traditional to my ear. Very nice!!!"
Oct 15
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Nigel McTrustry - Personal Jesus & Pills - Live @ Mitchell Creek 2014

"very sweet. I wish the vocal was louder but still a very fine listen. You have a great style"
Oct 15
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Cornbread & Butterbeans

"nothin tastier than music made by family. This was really special and just all around wonderful."
Oct 15
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Blue Devils in the Blood - Black Cohiba

"love how moody this is. Kind of new meets old. Great work my friend!"
Oct 14
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The Silver Tongued Devil - Kris Kristofferson song

"another great time from you unc. Really a nice rendition. You capture the underlying sadness in this one perfectly. I really enjoyed this."
Oct 14

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At 3:21pm on October 9, 2014, BeetleJuice! said…

Awesome I am glad it showed! I know one day some how we will be able to meet ....It will great to show up at one of those PA cbg festivals one day!..and I know what it must be like for you right now my dad was in the Marine corp for 22 years and he use to get deployed for 6 and 9 months at a time when I was young, I know what was like....the best part was when he would come back and bring trinkets...once he brought me and my brother a spent tank shell...watching him walk thru the front door with that thing was a real eye opener... I had never seen such a thing before!  and the c rations ....we use to take them to school!....anyways glad you liked the cd , ....the covers really are so much better than buying anything or using those white sheeves I use to use...they are really easy to make, and fun too!  

At 4:54pm on October 6, 2014, Jim Morris said…

Oh yeah, I meant to tell you a friend of mine is an avid trapper and he has an animal skin drying for me to try. It'll be the first that I haven't purchased from a catalog. We'll see how that goes.

At 4:52pm on October 6, 2014, Jim Morris said…

Yeah Matt, I used a hairdryer on high setting before I got a heat gun. It worked fine. I got a heat gun mainly because Harbor Freight had them on sale for less than $10 and I use it also for softening up glue when I'm taking something apart. One video showed a guy using a plumbing torch! I don't care for open flames in the shop so I didn't try that. The only problem I had with the cigar box is that I shrunk the plastic too tight and the sides began pulling inward.

At 9:16pm on October 4, 2014, Jim Morris said…

I used to get the econo calfskins from Elderly for about $10 but now I spring for the next grade up. They're around $20 but don't seem to be quite as affected by temp and humidity changes. Still, for a first try, the econo ones are pretty good so long as they stay indoors! But hey, soda bottles are free and way more in line with these kinds of builds.

At 8:31pm on October 4, 2014, Jim Morris said…
Wow, this guy has some great ideas! I'm surprised I've not come across him till now. It looks like the first banjo is pretty much flat. I'm sure that would work but I think some depth, maybe 2 to 3 inches would give a better tone. I've made banjos in rectangular, octagonal, round, and other shapes that I don't know names for and I don't think the shape is real important to the tone. Some shapes are harder to hold in your lap but the size and depth do affect the tone. If you haven't tried streching a calfskin yet it's way easier than you might think. The plastic heads are cheap and fun but finding a suitable size piece of plastic is tough. 3 liter bottles are the largest I've been able to find. Good luck and thanks again for your work on my stuff. The fiddles tunes sound great
At 8:37pm on September 30, 2014, Jim Morris said…

Very cool painting Matt! I appreciate you spending time on this.


At 10:28am on September 30, 2014, Jim Morris said…

Thanks Matt! I'd be interested in what artwork ideas you might have. I really like your idea of handing out a CD to go along with instrument purchases.


At 8:07am on September 29, 2014, Jim Morris said…

Wow! Thanks Matt, these cleaned up versions sound great. I'm pretty sure I can download them.


At 2:37pm on September 28, 2014, 407bug said…

The first album is on there too but i've come along way since then!  lol

There's a playlist on my youtube channel 2 if you are brave...I think i'm up to 818 videos on CBN!.. 

At 1:10pm on September 28, 2014, 407bug said…
Here you go you can listen for free
I need to do my 3rd album it's a year behind! Lol


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