Uncle John
  • 72, Male
  • Ogden, IA
  • United States
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  • 1.
    Titties & Tires - original by John
  • 2.
    Milk Cow Blues - old blues standard
  • 3.
    One Kind Favor - Cigar Box Nation
  • 4.
    Shake That Thing - old Papa Jackson song
  • 5.
    The Bucking Song - Robert Earle Keene
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    Needed Time - Gospel Blues - Lighthing Hopkins
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    Statesborrow Blues
  • 8.
    It Hurts Me Too - Elmore James Song - Cigar Box Nation
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    Save Me Momma
  • 10.
    Make Me Down A Pallet On Your Floor

Uncle John's Discussions

Dave passed away on Friday AM, 9/17/21. Thanks for all the well-wishers before and after his passing.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Dec 9, 2021. 64 Replies

Dave, a friend to many on CBN and a good old rascal has been ill and AWOL…Continue

Tags: Lynas, Dave

Contact me for ride shares to Callyfest

Started this discussion. Last reply by Uncle John Mar 11, 2020. 15 Replies

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Tags: Unc

My CBG History

Started this discussion. Last reply by Denbo G Nov 9, 2019. 39 Replies

I built  two dulcimers from scratch in the early 90s.  No instructions, just a borrowed dulcimer to use as a pattern. I bought used tuners and frets from a shop in Omaha, Nebraska.    My dulcimers…Continue

Tags: Unc

First Annual Sunny California VIRTUAL CBG & Roots Music Fest ~ February 2nd until ????

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Sundberg Feb 21, 2018. 174 Replies

You, my friends are cordially invited  to the First Annual Sunny California VIRTUAL CBG & Roots Music Fest(Note: as used here, virtual means IMAGINARY). This is a potluck meal, so please bring a…Continue

 

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Uncle John commented on Gary O'slide's video
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Gary O'Slide - Licence plate cigar box guitar delta slide blues

"I like the look and sound of that guitar. Love the ratty old license plate.  Sounding GOOD~!"
19 hours ago
Uncle John commented on 3 String Blues's video
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1967 Atomic ⚡ Blues Box Radio ⚡

"My Tee fine train song, John!   "
21 hours ago
Uncle John commented on T-Gripped's photo
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Vintage Boxes

"Wow!  Riches!"
yesterday
Uncle John commented on Randy S. Bretz's photo
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Peghead

"Gorgeous.  Love the woods and brass."
yesterday
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Tuna Can Reso

"Yup.  Hope it sounds good and holds together.   Looks real good."
Thursday
Uncle John commented on T-Gripped's photo
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Tuna Can Reso

"I like.  Looks like a poor guy's guitar that he went all out on.   Historic CBG goodness."
Thursday
Uncle John commented on T-Gripped's photo
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Tuna can reso

"Oh!   That's a pretty solid and strong way to make a bolt on neck.  But there is something fishy about that resonator."
Thursday
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Lezing van Peter Geerts over zijn zelfgemaakte muziekinstrumenten

"I can see how he reminded you of Dave..   I thought of Dave this AM and his equinox parties."
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T-Gripped commented on Uncle John's photo
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Nice group of vintage boxes for $8.50.

"Lookin' forward to see what all comes from these!"
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Uncle John commented on NorKoc's video
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Squeal Blues

"Sounding good, Norbert!   Very nice tone too."
Tuesday
A.D.EKER commented on Uncle John's video
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Songs Inside The Box, the Cigar Box Guitar Documentary

"Back in to the time of the Nation ! some History in pictures! great moment for a repost uncle ! appriciated !"
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Doug Thorsvik commented on Uncle John's video
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Songs Inside The Box, the Cigar Box Guitar Documentary

"I watched this one years ago and it was well worth the time. Thanks for sharing it Uncle John!"
Sep 19

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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
I found a message in a bottle along the Nishnabottna River.
How many instruments have you built so far?
around 100
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
Love to build, love to play.

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At 9:31pm on August 23, 2022, Justice Crafted said…

Hey John,

This may be a duplicate reply, I'm refamiliarizing my self with this site, I took a long break from cbgs but now that I'm retired I have more time for building! I do tune gdgb, I've learned a lot of songs in that tuning but maybe I'll experiment soon.

At 7:59am on August 21, 2022, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Uncle John,

Pussycaster as in meeow, thanks for the comments.

At 8:43am on July 17, 2022, Charlie St John said…

No Uncle John those are Medium-high frets, I think it is the dark color that makes them stand out. Thank you for your comments.

At 8:35am on June 24, 2022, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Wash your mouth out ,who are you calling a luthier!

Thanks Uncle John

At 11:11am on June 17, 2022, Robert Neal said…

titties and tires!!!! love it 

At 7:59am on June 10, 2022, A.D.EKER said…

i tryed my copy from derek, to send to you ,but its over 7mb and thats the max download for this site, sorry !

At 7:23am on May 8, 2022, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thanks Uncle John, that's the second of four that have been hanging around unfinished waiting for inspiration, the first was the one inspired by Joe Strummer's Tele

At 12:30pm on April 28, 2022, Jacob Blackwood said…

Thanks for the nice comment, Uncle John.  I enjoyed your version too.  It's one of my favorite traditional blues songs.

At 10:47am on April 20, 2022, A.D.EKER said…

What is submariner Races?? Racing Submarines?

At 1:56pm on January 29, 2022, Jim Tomsovic said…

Check out my newest added photo of my "boxolin."  Guess I 'been-there-done-that.  I took a lot of tinkering to get it to work right.

Uncle John's Blog

Cali-Fest Open Mic signups.

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 10:00am 11 Comments

Open Mic Sign Ups for Cali-Fest 2019

Friday, February 1, Saturday February 2 and Superbowl Sunday February 3.

The biggest and bestest virtual, fake and phony fest we know of.  It's in our heads. Be there or be square. Be there or be somewhere else. Richard…

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2 short stories - one is CBG relatted. A 2 pager and a 3 pager

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 11:30am 19 Comments

Forty Ounce Feller's Crossbreed Bonanza

2015 - A Goodland County Story By John Bolton

Forty Ounce Feller is an ex con, a…

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1936 Oklahoma License Plate ~ 1 page fiction (short story)

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 4:00pm 20 Comments

Oklahoma 1936 License Plate #134-651      By John Bolton

I was made in late 1935 in the Oklahoma State Prison at Mc Alester. I was black with yellow letters. I was issued in Goodland County in 1936 and bolted on the rear of a gray and black 31' Ford coupe with a rumble seat. I couldn't see where we were going, but when the dust wasn't too bad, I could see where we'd been.

The Ford belonged to Gibson. He had a place in…

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Jake Leg - A very short story

Posted on January 5, 2017 at 10:30am 19 Comments

Note:  I am working on a collection of short and very short stories that all tie together in a fictional place called Goodland County Oklahoma.   Some are music related and some feature CBGs.   I appreciate your comments, good, bad and corrective.

Jake Leg   by John Bolton

Goodland County, Oklahoma, 1931

The Two Two Store sat two miles east of Corley on a dirt road. There was a good sized open room with pot…

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Just finished Super Fly

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got to have good time

"AGP, Lot of coats of tru oil.. lol"
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