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Waterfront Bluesfest Portland, OR

July 4th W.E. 2010

The cigar box guitar took center stage this year as well as a variety of blues slide on acoustic and electric.
Jerry Zybach was superb in his performances and even gave an intimate workshop on his cigar box.

Another notable musician was Kara Grainger, from the land down under. Now I don't know what a beautiful young woman has the blues about, but after hearing her I'm glad she does!

Every stage was filled with so much energy by all the musicians, can't list them all but here's a link

Some others that I liked were Ty Oliver, Billy D and the Hoodoos, Sultans of Slide: Amundson, Cooper & Goldwasser....

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I'm Always The Last One

Posted on August 26, 2010 at 4:30pm 1 Comment

I'm sure everybody and thier brother has seen the "OOKS of Hazzard" do the Kids (MGMT cover). So It just goes to show there is something happening right now, a new movement in music that is starting to sweep across this country, and I really feel that by building and playing a roots instrument, I am a part of it. I feel it in my heart, body and soul, and I think all of us in this community feel it too. It is indescribable, and while I don't have a big name or recordings or anything other…


Honeydripper (Movie)

Posted on August 17, 2010 at 3:38pm 4 Comments

I'm no critic of films, but have to comment on the movie Honeydripper. The setting and period costumes were spot on for the era, but talk about SLOW! The dialog was just about killing me,

Glover had to carry so much of the movie's lack of momentum, with the exception of Keb Mo' who I kept thinking of being some sort of "Crossroads" reference character.

Just wish he would have ripped, on that National, just for 30 seconds.

The other star of the show was that…


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At 5:18am on November 17, 2010, LeSaMilano said…
Thanks for the compliment about my Cigar Box Guitar documentary Steve. I am, for the moment, concentrating on the UK scene, but have not ruled out going back to the roots of it. Who knows, maybe Seasick Steve will answer my emails! LOL
At 3:04am on August 27, 2010, Dave Hole said…
G'day Steve, thanks for your comments. Only got on to the cbg thing about 12 months ago and luvin' it ! Played guitar for over 20 years but theres something about those cbg's that just inspires you. Gonna try recording a couple of fretted ones soon. Cheers.
At 1:17pm on August 20, 2010, Robbie Pitts said…
I see what you mean now. The mint-box piezo is part-preamp and part impedance matcher. It just matches the impedance of the piezo with the amp you want to plug into. That should help your guitar amp to amplify your CBG.
At 12:10pm on August 10, 2010, Robbie Pitts said…
Hey, Steve. I am just now learning about the difficulties of piezo pickups. The amps that I have previously built do not have an input pot to help with differing piezo elements. If you have any info/schematics that could lead me in the right direction I can certainly make an amp tailored to the need.

Thanks - Robbie
At 1:30pm on August 9, 2010, Havana Honey said…
not really, as I'm teaching in S. Korea right now! But I sure do miss Washington State...don't know where to source anything here...thanks for the welcome!
At 4:51am on August 5, 2010, Shelley said…
Hi Steve!
Thanks so much for stopping by and for your swell comments.
Yes, the tuners i used are neat.... but impractical.
It's a real job getting the thing tuned. For the next one i'll be using some Cello pegs.
You guitar looks fantastic. Nice simple, clean design. I like that.
Hope you're enjoying your summer.
Take care,
At 11:16pm on August 1, 2010, Roger Padgett said…
Thanks Steve! just some plywood 2 x 4s and 4 x 4s but it is relatively level! your guitar work is beautiful, I hope I can get to that level soon, I got a ways to go though.
At 11:30pm on July 29, 2010, Michael Gajeski said…
Thanks for the compliment, man
At 3:15pm on July 29, 2010, JUJU said…
Hi Steve
Thanks for the friends invite mate also for your comments on the resonator - the reso's take a little more time to build but well worth the extra effort , have a crack at building one i'm sure you will be glad you did
see you around mate
juju :)
At 6:10pm on July 20, 2010, Keni Lee Burgess said…
Thank you for your friend invite. In general, most of the people on the platforms are average commuters interested in the CBG and the music style. Once in a blue moon, I meet a local character, but I share the wealth and give them a buck. They usually move happily on their way. Enjoy.

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