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Welcome, Slowpaw !

Slowpaw Cigar Box Guitars http://www.slowpawcigarboxcigars.com/

A Really Good Gig...!

"People's poet with a cigar box guitar. I like that you ain't pretending to be a Deep South delta picking southern red neck. Well done, British blues. "
Terry

 

My music is based on American Blues and Rock,  sometimes with a very British flavour,  lots of electricity and volume,  heavy rock with a smile not a snarl, I love to experiment with different styles of music and add a little splash of colour and theatre to the proceedings!

CD Albums:   All my recordings are made in 24 bit mono and remastered in stereo sound, the CD tracks are WAV files and sound much bigger and clearer than the vids and MP3's posted on the net or downloads, so well worth buying!

 

Bandcamp - http://slowpawold-timetravelingmedicineshow.bandcamp.com/

 

CURRENT ALBUM

Some Blues from the Muddy River  (PAWCD009 January 2016)

some Blues from the muddy river - promo cover

To celebrate 5 years in CBG's i am including re-recordings of two of my old songs and three favourite Blues standards...

1. MUDDY RIVER BLUES

2. A NEW LIFE IN A NEW TOWN (instr.)

3. DOIN' THE RIGHT THING

4. SMOKIN DONE ME NO GOOD

(A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT YOU FANCY)

 5. THE BALLAD OF FOXY BROWN

6. YOU' RE A CHAV !

7. ROLLIN' AND TUMBLIN' *

8. DUST MY BROOM *

9. STOP BREAKIN' DOWN *

10. CHRISTMAS STARS

*7 Hambone Willy Newbern   * 8/9  Robert Johnston  

available on ebay.com / Bandcamp.com  

          Don't Give Up The Day Job  (PAWCD008 January 2015)

"Don't Give Up The Day Job" CD cover design

1.DON'T GIVE UP THE DAY JOB

2. HOGG OF THE ROAD

3. A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY

4.GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD

5.DO THE CELLFONE

6. BOISSEY-SANS-AVOIR

7. RESO-LOWE BLUES

8.TIME TO KILL

9. BLUES DRIVER

10. SPACE JUNK BOOGIE

available on ebay.com / Bandcamp.com  

     Folk of Oak (PAWCD007 February 2014)

"The mightiest Oak in the forest began as a little acorn which held it ground"

Folk of Oak

1. IT'S RAININ' BLUES

2. THE BALLAD OF CAPTAIN COOK

3. STRANGE HOUSE

4. THE DREAM

5. I'VE BEEN A FOOL

6. DOCTOR ROCK

7. MY OWN CHERRY PIE

8. THE ONLINE INTERNATIONAL DATING AGENCY BLUES

9  DEATH PENALTY

10. THE DREAM PART 2 - BEWARE OF THE DARK

11. HOME MADE CHRISTMAS

12. FOLK OF OAK

available on ebay.com / Bandcamp.com  

      Keep Calm And Play Blues  (PAWCD005 February 2013)

Mini-opera  "The Four Ages of Man"

(1.) Youth -  READY FOR THE ROAD

(2.) Marriage and Divorce -  SLOWPAW HAT

(3.) Middle Age -  THE BEATLES ARE BACK!

(4.) Old Age -  I DON'T NEED NO PRESERVATIN' BLUES

5. CYCLE CITY

6.  A SONG FOR BE

7.  DIRTY JIMMY

8. MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO DOWN

9. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A ONE-MAN BAND

available on ebay.com / Bandcamp.com  

 

        Slowpaw Blues (PAWCD006 compilation *remastered STEREO                                                February 2013)            

   

Slowpaw Blues (compilation album remastered STEREO)

 1. LOST DOG BLUES
2. DUST PNEUMONIA BLUES*
3. I'M SO DRUNK...AGAIN
4. YOU GOT TO MOVE*
5. BLUES SINGERS AIN'T PRETTY
6. VIGILANTE MAN*
7. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A ONE MAN BAND
8. IN MY TIME OF DYING*
9. I DON'T NEED NO PRESERVATIN' BLUES

 available on ebay.com / Bandcamp.com  

        Playin' Out of the Box (PAWCD004 June 2012)  

    Playin' Out Of The Box STEREO

 1. I GOT (THAT) CIGAR BOX BLUES THING

2. WINDY DREAMS AND SPARKLING STREAMS

3. THE RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC GO TO WORK CEMETARY BLUES

4. JANE...I LOVE YOU x

5. KEEP CALM...AND PLAY BLUES!

6. IT IS WHAT IT IS

7. CHICKEN CATCHER BLUES

8. BLUES SINGERS AIN'T PRETTY

9. ONCE THE LAND IS GONE...  

available on ebay.com / Bandcamp.com  

         Slowpaw Brew (PAWCD003 March 2012)

SLOWPAW BREW REMASTERED STEREO

  1. SLOWPAW BREW

2. I'M SO DRUNK...AGAIN

3. BROKEN BRITAIN

4. A1(M)

5. DIDDLEY-BOW STOMP

6. ARAB SPRING

7. THE LONDON OLYMPICS 2012 BLUES

8. WINTER WALTZ

9. FOR ABSENT FRIENDS

10. WELL I NEVER

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 My story is fairly typical - born and brought up in a Middlesex suburb during the  "baby boom" of the post-war 1950's, still mad on Rock'n'Roll, still mad on "The Blues".

 Teddy Boy punch-ups, hanging round Coffee Bars, sixpence in the Juke Box, girls wearing suspenders and stockings, getting beaten up at the Travelling Fair, The Beatles playing The Cavern or the Rolling Stones at the local dance hall, Hotel or Cinema, big motorbikes, Mod and Rocker fights at Margate, scooter boys in Parkas, Mod suits, Carnaby Street, the Who at the Railway Hotel, Rockers at the Busy Bee, the Chicken Run at the Ace Cafe, Ford Zodiacs and Vauxhall Crestas, Flower Power and Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix playing the Marquee.......I blooming well missed it all !!

I was at school until 1969,  but entered the "real world" in the Skinhead era - witnessed the growing Football aggro at Stamford Bridge and on the streets as a biker, literally got "kicked" out of Ruislip Lido by hundreds of Skinheads , then went Hippy and frequented dingy smoky Pub cellars checking out the underground Prog Rockers, something which has stayed but still appreciate the cultures of the previous years, I eventually got to see many of my old heroes including the Who and Led Zeppelin, was a typical 70's Chart follower, a few Festivals....those were the days, if you asked me today what is the No.1 single i wouldn't have a clue.... but i still have "Be Bop a Lula"...!

As an avid music fan I heard and loved many Rock-based trends and fads that come and go over the years;  The Beatles,  local band The Who,  the 'Stones, the 60's white-boy Blues Boom of John Mayall, Cream, Free, Fleetwood Mac, The Groundhogs and Led Zeppelin - Jimi Hendrix was huge, Prog Rock with all its diversity still holds a great fascination for me, and the emergence of Heavy Rock and Metal, Classical Music revealed its magic to me in the 90's, and Post-bop Jazz - over the years I built up a good collection of Vinyl LP's and 45's which still remain my favoured music storage medium.

I saw many bands live over the years including Queen, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, and Bo Diddley on stage in London with his big red square guitar which left a great impression on me. After a very messy second divorce and "mid life crisis" in 2002 I decided to learn to play guitar - I had a recurring dream where I was standing on a stage in a huge stadium in front of thousands of people, but froze with embarrassment as I couldn't play a note...

I took guitar lessons from a very good local teacher but was hampered by a hand injury received some years before, and struggled along as a lefty...I also learned the basics of Drums and Bass after almost giving up on six string guitars completely.  I saw Seasick Steve on Jools Holland using three strings, eventually did a bit of research and found CBG's !  

I messed around with "real" guitars for 10 years and never got anywhere, i was always pulling them apart as they never sounded right anyway,   the acoustics were so big and clumsy, too many strings got in the way of the music, i could never "connect" musically - i was never even inspired enough to write a song on them, they sounded like everything else - a Gibson sounds like a Gibson, Strat sounds like a Strat, just like all the others...but i still hanker for a Telecaster, a genuine American Telecaster of course, but tuned my own way...! ;-)

 

TIME BLOG 

Events in 2011 have been a revelation in my music, I have found and been influenced by Mike Snowden and a lot of great characters on Cigar Box Nation and immensely enjoyed building and playing my new found instruments!

Playing my first live sets at the 1st Devon Shindig, the Denham Garden Party and the Sidcup Soiree was quite a fruitful learning experience, more to come I hope and some changes planned!

After a relatively busy year - seven builds, three live shows, an album of covers "Slowpaw Blues" and seven of my own new songs on "Slowpaw"  I am planning to write some more songs and build some new guitars during the Winter, I will certainly not be hibernating! (-:

January 2012 - busy working on the "Slowpaw Brew" album and sketching out songs for my third original album, new build "Resolution" completed, five live shows lined up around the country...it's looking like the makings of another great year!

March - released my 2nd album of original songs  "Slowpaw Brew"  !

My return visit to Sidcup almost went tits up due to technical difficulties, a "return visit" to the drawing board has resulted in a complete gear overhaul including new amps and guitars and a revision of the pedal board...like, er...sold...!

The discovery and inclusion of an Orange "Tiny Terror / Dual Terror" amp has opened up new and exciting sound possibilities live and in the studio!

April - new build "Comedy & Tragedy" was added to the fold made from remnants of previously recycled builds, surprisingly turned out to be my best sounding build so far and am planning to replicate the "body brace" design on future builds! 

May -  a newly acquired Marshall 4 x 10"  speaker cabinet should liven up things on the live front, busy working on songs for "Playin' Out of the Box" and rehearsing for upcoming live gigs!

June -  Released my 3rd album of original songs "Playin' Out of the Box" - with plenty of new songs in the bag I'm busy rehearsing for this Summer's live gigs !

September -  had an amazing Summer!  -  Brian's Devon Shindig in July, StumbleCol's Cambridge CBG Festival in August, bought a new "Slowpaw Bus", John Maw's Denham Garden BBQ in September and to crown it all a slot at the Boxstock Friday night open mike in Manchester, met Mike Snowden...and managed to get a "Beatles CBG Tribute Album" launched with some great contributions from 'Nation members - 48 tracks in all! !

Will settle down to write and record more original songs for my 4th album "Keep Calm and Play Blues" and work on a few new builds over Winter...who knows what 2013 will bring...? (-;

December - Slowpaw Cigar Box Guitars web site launched, made one for Brickdust Steve and three new builds to advertise as sale models.  Co-ordinated the CB Nation's 2012 Christmas Album.

January 2013 "Keep Calm and Play Blues" released in STEREO 

February  "Slowpaw Blues" revamped and remastered in STEREO

April        "Ready for the Road" , "I'll Always be a One-Man Band" and  Slowpaw  profile featured on BackStreetRadio's "Cigar Box Theatre".    Plans taking shape for five live gigs coming up in the Summer/Autumn and a CBG Radio project taking shape!

May 3rd Launch of CBG.UK Radio!

July - launch of  "Old Timey" , a budget range of fretless guitars, sub-budget Piezo model launched.

August - 1st Barrelhouse and 2nd Cambridge Fests, the new songs seemed to go down well live ! "Cycle City" and "Dirty Jimmy" aired on Cambridge Rebel Radio. (-: 

October - played 2nd Boissey-sans-Avoir CBG Festival in France, a great occasion and made many new friends!  Did a cover of "Black Sabbath" for CB Nation's Halloween album, missed Boxstock due to family problems at home.
November - busy building new guitars and started work on recording 12 new songs for  2014 album "Folk of Oak" . Co-ordinating 2013 CB Nation Christmas Album.

 

February 2014 - "Folk of Oak" album released.

March - started work on Blues covers album "Shippin' the Blues"

April - introduction of "Parlour Lady" new budget model.

May - begin writing and recording songs for 2015 album "Don't Give Up the Day Job"

June - Introduction of "Country Cousin" and "Country Girl"

August - Introduction of "Classy Lady" into the range, Barrelhouse CBG and Beer Festival, Elstead.

September - Cambridge CBG Festival
October - BSA CBG Festival, France. Continue writing and recording songs for new  album "Don't Give Up The Day Job".

November - afternoon live session in Calne, Wiltshire, debuted new songs.

December - helped co-ordinate the 2014  CB Nation Christmas album and put together the CBG-UK Radio Christmas Show.  Slowpaw Cigar Box Guitars made and sold  27 units during October, November and December including 100th build.

January 2015 - "Don't Give Up the Day Job" released.         

                      "Project 5 " 5 string guitar  prototypes finished for testing.

February - First "FebFest" on 14th / 15th Feb. at Calne, Wiltshire.

                     "Country Cousin Slimline" Piezo budget model                                           launched. 

April -        Slowpaw Cigar Box Guitars temporarily suspended due to                          personal circumstances / house move. 

May -         T'up North CBG Festival,  debuted "Space Junk                                           Boogie" with full FX.

August -     Relocation to North Devon

September 12th/13th - Appearance at 4th Cambridge Cigar Box Guitar                           Festival  and open mic session at the Lansdowne                                           Strand,   Calne. 

                   Set up new workshop for Slowpaw Cigar Box                                                 Guitars

October -    4th BSA CBG Festival in France (3rd October)

                    Begin work writing and recording songs for new                                             album "some Blues from the Muddy River"                 

December -  CBG UK Radio 2015 Christmas Show

                   Cigar Box Nation 2015 Christmas Album

January 2016 - "Some Blues from the Muddy River" released.

August - appearance at 5th Cambridge CBG Festival.

September -  1st debut slots at local open mic in  "The Champ" Appledore  North Devon. Completed new builds "Resolution"  revision and "SlowpawCaster III".

 1st October - 5th BSA CBG Festival, France.

                

 

      Classy Lady        

Country Cousin SLIMLINE 

 Country Cousin

"To play a wrong note is insignificant.....

 To play without passion is inexcusable..."

 -- Ludwig Van Beethoven

"If You Build It, They Will Come"  - Anon 

'He knows not where he's going

for the ocean will decide -

it's not the destination...

it's the glory of the RIDE.'

-Zen Dog.

 

"Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence." — Henry David Thoreau

 

"Don't walk behind me, I may not lead,

 Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow,

 Just walk beside me and be my friend". - Albert Camus.

 

"Always put off for tomorrow

 what you can do today -

 it will give you more time to think about it..."  - S.T.

 

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At 3:07pm on December 31, 2015, Nancy kat said…

At 8:36am on December 20, 2015, Andries D. EKER said…

Thanks! And Well Done Steve! Great mix This time!, well balanced and flow of the Tracks, Great Job !! You are the Master at the Controlls! there are some Great tracks among the 31 , this thing whit the compresion rate

is how you put the album tracks in relation whit one and other? Download  did go smoothly ! a other one down in History ! Thanks Slowpaw !! Happy day's and a Good New !! Greeeettsszz A.D.

At 8:14am on December 6, 2015, Phill Hill Charlie said…

FOR CHRISTMAS ONLY !!!

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At 12:40pm on February 26, 2015, Danny said…

steve, thanks for the suppliers details, i will definitely contact them in the near future. got to get a few bits sorted on the car before i start the next project.

At 9:06am on February 4, 2015, Andries D. EKER said…

Hi there steve! The Roadhouse Blues Track is in MP3 in my Musicbox on my Page, did not know a other way to get MP3 on to the Nation ! Greeettssszzz

At 3:14am on February 2, 2015, Andries D. EKER said…

Hi there steve! Got the MP3 got it on CD now,,i will try to simulate a live setup for the rerecording whit vocals,got a bottle of cor n booze ready, but i need some time you all got me at a busy time lots of school stuff for the kids,spring holliday preparations and so on, so a little more time !!! Greeeettssszzz

At 3:22am on January 26, 2015, Andries D. EKER said…

Thanks Steve SP, For your Nice Comments there! I still have to thank you for putting out the christmas song on the UK radio show,or was it Reeds who did this ? Greeettsszzz A.D.

At 7:30am on January 2, 2015, Jamie MacBlues said…

Happy New Year, Steve :)

At 8:27am on December 26, 2014, Chris Dickens said…

Your Christmas show went out to over 2,000!  Thanks for the great promotion, man!  You are awesome!

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