Uncle John
  • 71, 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
  • 6.
    Needed Time - Gospel Blues - Lighthing Hopkins
  • 7.
    Statesborrow Blues
  • 8.
    It Hurts Me Too - Elmore James Song - Cigar Box Nation
  • 9.
    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 Anthony adams Oct 19. 63 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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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

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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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CB Gitty Throwback Holiday Build Contest Entry.

"Thanks, Belinda.   It is the tale end of building season for me due to cold coming on this next week.  I have another in the works that might get in the contest.  "
1 hour ago
bemuzic commented on Uncle John's video
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CB Gitty Throwback Holiday Build Contest Entry.

"nicely done video and beautiful build John"
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Uncle John commented on Uncle John's photo
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2 string Banjo for Gitty's Throwback build contest.

"Thanks, Doug!   It will make a pretty cool and playable wall hanger."
15 hours ago
Uncle John commented on Uncle John's video
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CB Gitty Throwback Holiday Build Contest Entry.

"Ha!  Thanks, AGP.   There are a bunch of great looking entries.  I was trying to make it look like a poor man's effort at making a guitar with limited tools and resources.   "
15 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on Uncle John's photo
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2 string Banjo for Gitty's Throwback build contest.

"It’s definitely got that vintage look Uncle John! Pretty cool tin to work with."
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CB Gitty Throwback Holiday Build Contest Entry.

"Definitely the number one contender in the Throwback Holiday Contest in my book, Molly Bee the Banjer looks great, and I'm guessing so does Molly Bee the Grand Daughter :-)"
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Uncle John replied to Cigar Box Nation's discussion 2021 Throwback Holiday Build-Off Contest!
"Thanks, Keith.  I had fun doing it."
22 hours ago
Uncle John commented on Uncle John's video
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CB Gitty Throwback Holiday Build Contest Entry.

"Thank you, Kale. I had fun building it.  It's not too beautiful from a back view due to making it so as not to cut into the tin.  "
22 hours ago
Uncle John replied to Cigar Box Nation's discussion 2021 Throwback Holiday Build-Off Contest!
"It is almost Christmas of 1937 and times are kind of hard.   My grand daughter, Molly Bee is living with us and she loves music.  My buddy Willie, plays banjo and he got two machine heads off an old broken banjo and he helped me…"
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2 string Banjo for Gitty's Throwback build contest.

Two string banjo made from an antique tin. (I did not cut into the tin to make the banjo).One of my 94 year old mother's story was about touring Woodward Candy Company in her home town of Council Bluffs, Iowa as part of her 8th grade graduation…
23 hours ago
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CB Gitty Christmas Contest Entry

Two string banjo made from an antique tin. (I did not cut into the tin to make the banjo). The contest theme is to build an instrument as though it were ...
23 hours ago
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"Corners on the back!?!?!? Extravagance! I am too much of a cheap ass, but they look great and add some protection. One of my fave builders, the Maddog, is an 8 corners per build guy."
yesterday

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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 8:34am on December 1, 2021, Chuck H. said…

Thanks Uncle John! 

At 6:51pm on November 30, 2021, A.D.EKER said…

hI jOHN I HEAR IN THE CORIDOORS THAT Ted Crocker has past away,

was he not one of the founders from this site?

At 2:12pm on November 30, 2021, A.D.EKER said…

Thanks John , practicing for the Christmas show ! Kool ! going to do one on the Nations christmas Album ? 

At 3:25pm on November 21, 2021, Anthony adams said…

I agree, again, thanks UJ

At 7:20am on November 21, 2021, Anthony adams said…

Thank the Lord, Mike Orr did reply to my message to him. Thanks UJ

At 8:21pm on November 19, 2021, Anthony adams said…

UJ, would you please see if I can get Mike Orr's Email. I thought I had it but gotten no reply in a week. I appreciate the help.             Tony

At 6:02pm on November 18, 2021, Anthony adams said…

Thanks for the fast reply. You and I have more reason to give God Glory!

At 9:57am on November 18, 2021, Anthony adams said…

I just wanted you to know that I am disabled, was in a coma for three months. But now I make CBG's. GLORY TO GOD!!  I could not do any art before the coma. Now all the Glory goes to God!    Anthony       Tony Adams

At 9:52am on November 18, 2021, Anthony adams said…

Dear UJ, I am a friend and neighbor of the late Dave Lynas, could you tell me where Dave would get his slim already fretted fretboards? I miss Dave so much, we would have coffee every morning. He would help me order whatever I needed. Could you help me with these frettboards that have the fretts already installed. Thanks UJ

   Anthony Adams   Email:  wbgst.tony@gmail.com

   Tony

At 9:31pm on October 13, 2021, Chuck H. said…

Thanks for the comments ,Uncle John.Wow I didn't even now I had a uncle John!?! Yeah that box is cedar and really old, the price of the cigars was 15cents , so must hand been a long time ago. Looks like you've used some old boxes too.

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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