Live Music in Lufkin...
I was walking up the street in old downtown Lufkin last night headed to the Hidden Village Music Festival at the Standpipe Coffee House. A light rain was falling. The first person I met asked me if I was playing. I was not. They headed on off in the rain, I don't know if they were disappointed or decided not to stick around just in case I was lying. I stuck around. To the folks who say there is no more good music you need to check out the music schedule at this little festival for the next 9 days.
A local band the Sabine River Brass Band was playing on the patio when I arrived. I met and talked to the tuba player, Aaron. Nice bunch of guys. I missed getting his photo for my tuba player collection. It would have been a good one as he had a mohawk haircut. He asked if I knew any other tuba player with a mohawk. I do not. There are brass bands in New Orleans, New York, Romania and now East Texas. Welcome to the big city.
The headliner was a band from New Orleans, The Shiz. Think Alabama Shakes vibe with a nice dose of New Orleans thrown in. I think I like them better than the Shakes, at least live. I bought their cd and I will listen later. Here's a photo made with my new phone.
So when you tell me "Oh they don't make music like Bon Jovi or Beiber used to," check out what is going on down at the Standpipe this week. Every act might not be to your taste but I think all are tasteful and it's great to have this variety offered in our little town. I'll be back Monday night for the Howlin' Brothers. They are supposed to have a slide banjo player.
Labels: festival, music
Cigar Box Guitar #30...
Despite being back to work I managed to squeeze in a cigar box guitar build. I actually made the neck last Monday on my day off so not too much trouble to put things all together today. It's an antique box that I got thanks to a donation from Theresa, a high school classmate and faithful blog reader.
Here the guitar sits on another antique. I will give a free slide lesson to anyone who guesses what that piece of furniture is and does. Can't be anyone like a family member who was thrift shopping with us when Cathy found it. Of course this is just really a thinly veiled effort to come over to your house and keep you up three or four days straight because slide playing is serious business.
As you see it's an old box. I could not exactly date but they seem to sell 10-15 bucks. Interesting history of these cigars. The Fendrich family emigrated to the USA in 1833 from the remains of the old Holy Roman Empire in what is now Germany. After a time spent learning the trade in 1855 they opened a factory in Evansville, Indiana which is coincidentally the home of my sister in law and brother in law Margaret and Kevin. They made cigars in Evansville until a few years after WW2 when the got swallowed by bigger companies but during the war they supplied 30% of the cigars the government bought for troops. These were packed in water proof wooden cases for floating ashore in remote locations. Apparently a good employer at one time they had 110 employees with 25 years service and 400 with ten years.
The internet is great. I was able to find that they dropped prices to a nickle through the 1930s to maintain brand loyalty in hard times.
Inspected by real people who wrote on the box.
A Little wear on the box. This guitar is electric and plays and sounds great either acoustic or with an amp. Might not take the abuse of a toddler as you see some of the guitars on this page are capable of absorbing but in my experience some like the older boxes. This guitar is for sale. Call me up and let's decide what it's worth. I will entertain offers.
The inside of the lid. This guitar is sealed with the box corners so you will need a screw driver to check this out but it seems to have been used as a school pencil box. There is some sketching, doodling and a name Helen Morris Starrett. Once again the internet is great. Helen Morris Starrett Berry is buried in the New Boston, Texas Cemetery dates 1919-1968. I suspect she would have been in school 1925 till the mid 1930s. Thanks Helen for taking good care of your school supplies.
Labels: cigar box guitar
I Know You Are Expectinging a Lenten Theme...
I just know you are expecting a profound Lenten Theme for today's entry. And I know if you look at the picture you will think that the thing I gave up for Lent was urination in French Quarter doorways. It's a dummy photo. I am not really doing it. I actually gave up urination in French Quarter doorways several decades ago.
This photo, in addition to showing off the nice embroidered used sport jacket I bought in the French Market is for my mom. It will keep her busy. Add a little stress because we do know that a healthy amount of stress is good for you. Because I know that people will call, the neighbors will come over and say, "Did you see that picture that Carl put of himself on the internet?" And then my mom will stir around, worry, and finely get some one to log her on the the net witch is good for you, learning new things, to see what the photo was.
So I guess I'll find something else to give up for Lent. May be self importance, prideful showiness and so on.
Photos From the Weekend...
We cooked fish this weekend. No pictures but if you want to eat fish at my house we are going to have to catch some. Freezer stocks are depleted. There looks to be one package of white bass fillets. It's small, set aside for a 2-4 person dinner blackened or grilled. Due to recent changes in fish consumption advisories on the waters we fish white bass is not recommend for women in child bearing years due to the mercury content. I don't think it's really recommend for anyone but if you are a person of mature years and are already showing some signs of early onset dementia and generalized physical decline come on down!
Played a good bit of music this weekend at Annie's party, sitting around the house and at church on Sunday. Most of us with enough experience and decent critical thinking skills to be able to tell the difference in good and bad eventually wind up being able to make some presentable music. Some people though just have it. We might have one that has it right here. He sure is interested. Warren knows that this is the thing Pop-Pop uses and he is very interested in the things Pop-Pop uses. This photo I made after I gave him his first music lesson which is always sleep with your guitar.
I think I'll use this as an ad for the cigar box guitars I make. "Easy to play, even for a child" or how about "indestructible." Actually after a weekend of abuse it is amazingly still in tune.
Don't forget that in addition to making the cigar box guitars and frying fish we are adding a new service and it's hair cutting. Here you see what we offer. Mary cuts while Ashley holds the victim I mean customer down. I assure you that the fist customer, Coraline, survived and will probably use this service again. Price for cutting is $39,000 and proceeds go to the expense required to produce this website and the associated misadventures we feature.
Labels: $39, 000, cigar box guitar
Moved out Some Guitars...
I moved some guitars out this weekend. Donated one, sold one, gave some gifts. Don't worry, there will be more. In fact a nice selection still hangs down in the Sound Tech music store in Lufkin,.
Build #29 was donated to the Crisman School in Longview for their charity auction.. It's a school for dyslexia, Aspergers, atusim and more. My friend from high school, Janie, is on the board of directors. Janie also bought this guitar.
Rose recently went through the boxes I have amassed and requested a guitar from this box.
There will soon be a similar guitar as this as I have another of the same box. It makes a good one.
This weekend was also Annie's birthday party. I gave her "Red"
Labels: cigar box guitar
Parades Be Rolling...
If you wondered what to do this weekend it's not too late to head down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Of course there are problems that can occur on a short notice trip to the big easy. I am kind of an expert on this but as rockabilly singer Ronnie Self said in his 1957 recording of "Aint I'm a Dog" "forget about the danger, think of the fun."
We all wen to New Orleans a couple of weekends ago for some early Mardi Gras fun. Parades were rolling but they were walking parades and the floats were of a satirical nature featuring local, nation and global issues that need to be made fun of, exposed for their foolishness and are just down right stupid. Great entertainment but they did not throw many beads as the big motorized floats this weekend will. There was a lot of shall we call it adult themes involved in the float construction and on a family page such as this we won't post those but I can come over to your house and show you the etchings I made of them.
Her's some Mardi Gras photos I made of the parades and the family. See if you can pick out the relatives from the innocent bystanders.
Throw me something mister!
As you can see Warren and Coraline survived their first Mardi Gras. I survived another one. There will be more.
Labels: New Orleans
Goldie, Cigar Box Build #29...
Gold hardware, piezo pick up and a really good electric sound for cigar box build #29. Check it out as it sits among the late winter blooming bulbs. It's for sale and if you buy it I expect you will soon be as famous as me as you travel from town to town playing and singing your songs.
Of course there are those that embark on a career such as this and they tell me, "Mudbelly, I had those blues you always talking about and they weren't all that bad." To this I reply "Those were not the Mudbelly blues you had."
Here's the photos. Buy the blues
Labels: cigar box guitar
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