Hi Cigar Box Guitar Fans: Let’s Catch Up and bring you up to date on Guitars and Cigar and my playing the cigar box guitar and the recent adventures.
I have been having a lot of fun learning this new instrument and want to share the adventures that I am having as a result of deciding to do this blog and learn to play the cigar box.
I told you that I would share my progress with you as I prepare to get out on the road and take this show to cigar lounges around the country.
So here’s what has been happening
Merle Haggards Classic “If We Make It Through December
Back in December, my mentor Uncle Mark posted a lesson on this classic Merle Haggard tune “If We Make It Through December” and I have always liked this song, so I decided that I would learn how to play it on the cigar box guitar.
I don’t know many older country music fans and many of the younger group, who don’t have tender feelings when it comes to “The Hag” Whom many consider the epitome of classic country music.
I really enjoyed learning this song and even though we are well past Christmas, I still practice this song a couple times a week, just because I like it.
I hope you enjoy my presentation
Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer
So in the spirit of the Holiday, I decided to learn and record “Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer”
This was fun to learn and I decided to do this song with more of a rock n roll beat to it.
We were visiting with our friends Randy and Tammy at the time as the RV was in the shop having some warranty work being done, which worked out well, because they had a nice Christmas tree that I was able to use as my backdrop.
I hope you get a kick out of this one.
Not Jingle Bells, But Wedding Bells
In mid December an awesome event took place. There we no Jingle Bells, however there were Wedding Bells for two members of our staff. Since there are only two members of our staff, Deb and Me, you can probably guess who got married, but I will tell you any way.
Deb and I tied the knot on December 11th. We had hoped to get up to Pennsylvania and have Pastor Dave, our family preacher perform the ceremony, with family and friends in attendance, however with Covid and government shutdowns, we were not sure we would be able to get the license, so we decided to go ahead get hitched.
Guitars and Cigars Show At The Cigar Shoppe
We weren’t sure we were going to go to PA for the Holiday, but we decide to go ahead and go on up and it turned into quite the adventure.
One of the high points was when I got the opportunity to perform a Guitars and Cigars show at the Cigar Shoppe in Ellwood City, Pa, which is where I grew up at and also the first place I visited and posted about on my other blog Cigar Pals.
I have only been working at playing the cigar box guitar since October and even though I have played at the guitar since I was 12 years old, this is a whole new instrument and while in some ways it is easier to play, making up for 3 missing strings and learning a total different way to play the chords, makes it quite interesting.
That said, I have been working very hard to build a show that y’all would enjoy and in December I had only been at it for a couple of months, so I really was not ready to take this show on the road.
Since we were in Pennsylvania and not sure when we would be back again, I wanted to go ahead and give em a show at the cigar shop.
This worked out good, because it showed me where my weaknesses lie and also gave the folks up there an idea of what they could expect in the future.
We did the show and the crowd was very encouraging and I believe that they enjoyed what we did.
This is the first Live show that I had done since the Dublin House
So Here’s What’s Coming Up
The show I did in PA was rough and under other circumstances I would not have done it, but as I said, we learned where our weaknesses lie.
When I practice now and think about how I am playing some of the songs and how much progress I have made since then, I am encouraged and look forward to getting out and doing shows later this spring.
I will endeavor to post more videos of the songs that I am learning for the show, so y’all will be able to see the progress that is being made and the wide range of music I will be performing.
I hope to be doing three sets, including one with classic Rock N Roll songs, one with Country songs and the third being a blues set.
I hope you will keep checking back and watch the progress of Guitars and Cigars.
Let me know if you enjoyed this post “lets catch up – playing the cigar box guitar” in the comments section below.
Till next time:
Smooth music and smooth smokin