It all started on Thursday night.

 

I'd corralled a couple of friends into coming to see Hillstomp, from Portland OR.  Those boys flat out kill it!  Henry playing the banjo, guitars and cigar box guitar, John playing the "drum" set (which is cobbled together from old radiator parts, plastic buckets, maybe a legit drum or two, and a shitload of duct tape).

 

Got to talking about 2 man bands, and the possibility of my two-man band opening for them.  So, we'll see what the future brings on that front.  Also had him sign my cigar box guitar.

 

Now, I had to be halfway across the state in two days for a gig, and rather than drive all at once, I decided to break up the travel time by going from Denver to my parents house in Gypsum.

 

I didn't really want to make this drive, either, due to a rather sizeable hangover on Friday morning.  But, I'm glad I did. 

 

I'd just happened to read the paper, and find out The Cedric Burnside Project was playing a free show in Eagle-Vail, which is about a half hour's drive east of Gypsum.

 

Cedric is a pretty decent guitar player, but when he gets behind that drum kit, man, watch out!  By far one of the most natural people I've ever seen drum, and he does it with a smile on his face the whole damn time.

 

Well, during one of his set breaks, I asked him to sign my CBG, as it was still in my car.  He said sure, go grab it, and then we can jam.

 

I think my heart skipped a beat there.  Cedric Burnside, who has jammed with so many people (including his grandfather R.L.) just asked me to jam with him?  Man, I've been nervous before gigs before, but this might have been the most!

 

 

We ended up playing two tunes, which I (for all intents and purposes) learned from R.L.: Rollin' & Tumblin'/Indian Blown Whistle and Shake 'Em On Down.

 

 

I honestly thought he was gonna sing (and I wouldn't have to!), but after a few bars it was apparent he wanted me to.  Holy shit, I was under pressure!  But after I sang a few verses, he sang a few, and we ended up trading verses on both songs.  I had a huge shit-eating grin on my face all night... hell, I still do today!

 

 

What a cool guy.

 

And, a while after I'd played with him, I happened to notice a strange tingling in my fingers.

 

 

SWEET! 

 

(I'd always, in a perverse, abusive way, hoped to play so my fingers bled during a show.  I've played some half hour shows, and nothing.  Jamming two songs with Cedric was all it took!)

 

The next day, I began packing all my gear in preparation for two gigs in Grand Junction.  I pulled out my Hill Harp...

 

 

SWEET!

 

Blood just makes it look cooler.

 

Today I was going to sit in with my buddies, Flat Top Reed. 

 

Our first show was at an Earth Day celebration. 

 

Well, evidently, the Earth wanted to it rain that day, all damn day.

 

I was worried we might get shocked.  We were on an approx 12x12 stage, with an 8x8 tent over us.

 

But it was fun.  I even got to meet Sharecropper from here on Cigar Box Nation.

 

Then, that evening, we got to open for T-Model Ford.

 

I can't even begin to tell you how cool and down to earth that man is.  He showed up at the venue around 7, 7:30, said "it's Jack Daniel time!" and hung out with us until our set started.  He was hanging out in the bar (not back stage), talking with anyone and everyone who came up to him.  Seemed to be grooving to our set, too.

 

Then he gets on stage... man, I'm telling you, at 90 some years old, 2 strokes and a pacemaker, he can outplay a lot of cats, and his voice is still so full of power.  His music was great, but I think I value his stories even more.  SUCH A COOL GUY!  I wish I had a tape recorder on me the whole night.

 

I remember him telling us he had 26 kids.  My buddy said, "wow you musta been busy!"  He looks over and says, "I'm still busy!"

 

 

If you EVER get the chance to see him perform, please do yourself a favor and SEE HIM!

Views: 229

Comment

You need to be a member of Cigar Box Nation to add comments!

Join Cigar Box Nation

Comment by Bear on April 28, 2011 at 9:22pm

Been checking out T Model and Cedric B.'s videos on YouTube... SWEET indeed! I'm sure you had a blast opening for and playing with these guys -- your stuff is right up their alley!

 

Saw one of the Burnside grandkids (Duwayne, I think) at Ziggies in Denver maybe a year ago. Great band with the Burnside vibe.

Comment by Dan Sleep on April 28, 2011 at 9:19am

I saw him play on the Robert Johnson tour with Big Head Tod. He IS very talented, but then again, it is in his blood!! Glad you had such an awesome time. Those periods in our lives come along so infrequently, so ya gotta enjoy the heck out of it when it happens.

 

Comment by JonBouye on April 25, 2011 at 10:14pm
All in all it sounds like one  of those weekends you live to tell your grandkids about. Good times make better weekends and great memories. Glad you had a good'n.

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources


Forum

Discussion: Toothpick Frets?

Started by Habanera Hal in Feature Articles. Last reply by Mark Miller Nov 17. 27 Replies

Your take on this bizarre guitar

Started by Infirmity Citrus President in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Vladimir Mazic Nov 16. 11 Replies

Build this Wooden Kick Drum Pedal

Started by Rose Ericson in Feature Articles. Last reply by Murray Wall Nov 12. 34 Replies

Latest Activity

BrianQ. commented on Lappy's video
2 hours ago
BrianQ. liked Lappy's video
2 hours ago
BrianQ. replied to Engblom's discussion Anyone with experience in 1-3-1 tuning?
"Actually it’s 1-5-8 because the high string is an octave higher, but CGC is still a 1-5-8…"
2 hours ago
Engblom replied to Engblom's discussion Anyone with experience in 1-3-1 tuning?
2 hours ago
Engblom posted a discussion

Anyone with experience in 1-3-1 tuning?

Most seem to tune their CBG to 1-5-1 (for example GDG, EBE, DAD). As I have understood this tuning…See More
3 hours ago
Lappy posted a video
6 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on BRUCE HALBOHM's photo
Thumbnail

3 string elect.#4

"Sharp lookin’ build Bruce!"
8 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on BRUCE HALBOHM's photo
Thumbnail

3 string elect.#1

"Interesting bridge design Bruce!"
8 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on A.D.EKER's video
Thumbnail

One for WES a.d. eker 2022

"Thanks for honoring one who has made a difference in your life A.D.! May Wes Rest In Peace."
8 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on A.D.EKER's video
Thumbnail

Whatyoumaycallit BCB 2022

"Groovin’ as usual A.D.! Pretty revved up on this one."
8 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on Korrigan's video
Thumbnail

Santa Sings Santeria by Sublime

"Rich!!! Thanks for treating us Korrigan."
8 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on Doug Thorsvik's video
Thumbnail

Silver Bells: 2-String Surf Chugger Cigar Box Guitar

"Thank you Kale! Some of the Christmas songs are a challenge to play and sing, fortunately for us…"
8 hours ago

Music

© 2022   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->