The world's foremost master of the Cigar Box Guitar, Speal performs a gritty blues/rock show with handmade and hackwired instruments made from recycled junk. His repertoire is a mix of crankin' originals and songs from blues masters who started on cigar box guitars. It's a wild ride of loud roots-rock and history.
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Official Website: www.ShaneSpeal.com
Speal's 5000 member social network: www.CigarBoxNation.com
Shane Speal's Cigar Box Guitar Museum: www.SpealsTavern.com
CONTENTS OF PRESS KIT:
1. Hi Resolution Photos of Shane Speal for press use
2. Bio for Shane Speal, the "King of the Cigar Box Guitar"
3. Previous news articles for reference
HI-RES PHOTOS FOR PRESS (Right Click > Save As...)
Studio photos. Photo credit: Jennifer Diehl
Live in Concert
Photo credit: John McElligott/KM Photography, York, PA
19th Century Photo
Photo credit: RJ Gibson Photography, Gettysburg, PA
BIO FOR SHANE SPEAL, THE "MASTER OF THE CIGAR BOX GUITAR"
It all started with an empty cigar box, a plank of wood from the family barn and three used guitar strings. That was back in 1993 when Shane Speal build his first cigar box guitar. Music hasn't been the same since.
Shane Speal is a performing blues rock songwriter who plays a primitive guitar made from an empty cigar box and a stick. He is also the leader of the modern Cigar Box Guitar Revolution, a growing fanbase of cigar box guitar builders and players who congregate at Speal's website, CigarBoxNation.com. Speal has performed concerts throughout the country and has been featured in many TV, newspaper and national magazine features. He is also the central figure in the Max Shores' documentary on cigar box guitars, Songs Inside the Box.
Speal has recorded and released more than 10 cigar box guitar albums, including his latest, the self-titled "Shane Speal" cd. Speal's music is a loud, gritty blues-rock style, performed live with the sole accompanymant of his right foot stomping on an electrified floorboard. Mike Argento of the York Daily Record newspaper states, "The best way to describe [Speal's music] is to take blues and gospel and country and Hawaiian and ragtime and put it through a meat grinder that's missing some teeth." Bill Jehle, curator of the Cigar Box Guitar museum says, “Shane sounds like Motörhead in a jug band!” In addition to his own recordings, Speal has also appeared on releases by Crow Tongue, By The Way and The Presidents of the United States of America's frontman, Chris Ballew.
Few artists are as committed to expanding the boundaries of such a primitive instrument as Speal does. Speal says, “a Cigar Box Guitar is quirky and appears ‘broken’ from the start. They just don’t look like they should play any music. I love to see jaws hit the floor when I shove a socket on my finger and wail away." (from Premier Guitar Magazine, August 2009)
Somewhere, today, Shane Speal is engrossed in a cigar box guitar project, whether performing a concert, recording a new album, expanding the reach of the instrument or just out in his woodshop, building a new guitar from a box and a stick.
CIGAR BOX GUITAR PHOTOS FOR PRESS ARTICLES
These instruments are part of Shane Speal's Cigar Box Guitar Museum located at Speal's Tavern in New Alexandria, PA.
Photo credits: Shane Speal
cigar box guitar 1.jpg - Shane Speal's radical double neck electric cigar box guitar built by Tomi-O Hartwell of Hinton WV
cigar box guitar 2.jpg - Folk art electric cigar box guitar by Kirk Withrow of Birmingham, AL
cigar box guitar 3.jpg - 100 year old one-string cigar box guitar. Oldest piece in the museum collection
PRESS ARTICLES FOR REFERENCE
FLY MAGAZINE (Central PA) The King in His Court
Shane Speal, “The King of the Cigar Box Guitar,” talks about the history of an almost forgotten instrument
Excerpt: "Today, Speal is spearheading a bona fide movement of people building their own cigar box guitars."
YORK (PA) DISPATCH - Cigar Box Guitar Festival Complements Yorkfest *Features video footage in link*
July 31, 2012
Cigar Box Nation, The Cult of the Cigar Box Guitar
Premier Guitar Magazine, August 2009
Excerpt: "[Shane Speal] is universally recognized as the prime mover of the CBG cult, a man who has made it his life’s crusade to spread the word and promote the popularity of CBGs."
TV NEWS FEATURE WITH VIDEO
WGAL-TV (Central PA NBC affiliate) feature on Shane Speal and the PA Cigar Box Guitar Festival
Airdate: August 6, 2012
Features interview with Speal, live concert footage at press briefing, more
Cigar Box Guitar, A Musician's Pick
ABC 27 NEWS (Harrisburg, PA)
Excerpt: "Speal's guitar career started in heavy metal, then on to blues, and eventually to this sound that he says pre-dates the blues. And he loves showing it off. "When I play for them it's the same reaction every time. I see cell phone cameras go up and they start taking pictures," he said."
GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE - How to Build a Smokin' Cigar Box Guitar for Around $25
Four part feature by the groundbreaking guitar magazine that features info on Shane Speal including video clips.
King of the Cigar Box Guitar
Excerpt: "That do it yourself attitude has informed every portion of Speal’s artistic life, and become something of a mission for him as well, as a performer, producer, and dedicated supporter of local music in York and its surroundings."
BoingBoing.net features on Shane Speal
"Cigar Box Guitar Rag" video feature LINK
"Blue Raga" video feature LINK
"Shane Speal Cigar Box Guitar Lessons" video feature LINK