End of an Era, Back Porch Mojo will be closing.

   I want to thank all of those in the CBG community who have taught me, supported me, learned from me... and especially been my customers.

   I know there has been a lot of talk about me and my Back Porch Mojo of late, and I just want to take a moment to clear up some of the facts and fiction.  I have basically stopped building at this time. For better than a year I have suffered from some really nasty tendonitis in my right elbow and shoulder. these were the perils of being an everyday builder!! I tried everything to combat it from physical therapy twice a week for almost 9 months, to mulitple cortizone injections, anti-implamitory medicines, everything!!  Back at the end of February I was given 2 choices, having surgery and be sidelined for 4-6 months, or stop building. neither choice a good one. I made my living and supported my family with Cigar Box Guitars!! and either choice left me with the realization I would have to stop doing what I loved.  so I kept building and began looking for other employment. much to my suprise I stepped right into a great gig, not as sexy as CBG"S but it was the vehicle to take care of my family.

   One problem solved I found a way to support the family, but it involved me being away from home all week leaving only the weekends to do the good work. I quickly fell behind. so down to facts and fiction.  I do owe some good folks some guitars. and while I know a few have been vocal here on the nation about being forgotten about, nothing is further from the truth. I am brutally aware of what is owed and to who, and it will be made right!!! I sold over 500 guitars  as numbered Back Porch Mojo creations and several hundred more basic creations in a little more than 4 years of time. I also have sold thousands of parts orders and hundreds of guitar kits in my time. My only goal in any of it was to spread the Joy and fun of CBG's.  Now this is not an excuse for those who fell victim to my health and the timing of my transition from a day to day CBG builder to the working world.

   I have as time allowed been trying to make contact with those folks who I have let down. I have asked them for the understanding of the situation I am in now with such a limited time frame. I have devoted the past few years to making folks CBG happy, and will do my best to resolve the issues I have with these folks.

   Lastly Thanks to all of you who have been there to support me, to defend me, and be friends of not only me but of my passion. My time as a regular CBG are for the time being over, but Big Daddy will be around, and there will be from time to time some new mojo out there.

 

Sincerely

Darren "Big Daddy"

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Comment by Ted Crocker on January 12, 2013 at 12:01am

Darren, back in biz yet?

Comment by HOLLOWBELLY on May 18, 2011 at 12:48pm
sorry to hear the news Big Daddy-always appreciated the boxes you sent across to England to help with the schoolkids cbg building project.Keep well bro.
Comment by Slowpaw Steve T on May 17, 2011 at 6:16am
Many best wishes for the future, Darren, you were one of my first contacts when i started out the beginning of this year and benefitted greatly from your help and advice - Good Luck!
Comment by Keni Lee Burgess on May 17, 2011 at 5:03am
Thank you Darren for posting. I appreciate your candor. My best wishes for your health and your future endeavors. I have always been a big fan of the instruments that you build, and I especially appreciate the great work you did designing and producing the Keni Lee Signature model CBG. Take care of yourself and your family. Talk to you soon, Keni Lee 
Comment by joe cerroni on May 16, 2011 at 6:31am
Hey Darren, sorry to hear about your health concerns and unfortunate turns. I wish all the best for you and yours and i hope you still can build and play CBGs for fun. I've still got your Haloween CBG from the contest trade from the ole yahoo group. Peace, love and CBGs, Joe
Comment by JUJU on May 15, 2011 at 11:41am

Hi Darren

Thats sad to hear that your stopping Building i know you how you love to build - but as you said your health and family must always come first

i must say i have enjoyed watching the creations you have built over the years mate and i have a deep regard for you as a old time friend

i hope you will still be able to build for yourself to keep the passion going

i also hope lifes good to you and your family

take care mate your builds will live on

 

juju :)

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