It's like 42 horse-mounted cowboys surrounding you with lassos, each one trying to hog-tie you to their ideas...
That's Shane's World!
Concerts. Guitar building. The Cigar Box Guitar Museum at Speal's Tavern. Guitar World Magazine. You get the idea. There's always so much going on in this crazy/awesome life of mine and I always forget to tell you guys about all of it.
The fact is, I started this weekly email to you guys to keep you informed. It would seem that I haven't done so well lately as I tried to deal with the lassos. I love that you read this email, so let me sit back tonight and give you a really good newsletter...
Shane Speal's Snake Oil Band will play our final (?) York PA show this Saturday afternoon at the York Revolution Stadium. The event is Brews & Skews, a "Carnival of Food and Beer." It's free admission and we take the stage at 5pm. We'll deliver a blistering 1-hour concert. If you're in the area, come and join us. (Yes, we'll have the toilet paper gun...)
I will have my Traveling Music Store at the Brews & Skews festival, too. If you want to see my handmade cigar box guitars and all the other goodies in the Shane store, come out early.
My latest Guitar World article is about one of the world's first electric guitar/amp inventions. The guitar is called the "Jeff Craig Line" (pictured to the right) and is owned by my friend, Jerry Duncan of Guitars On George in York PA. You can read the entire article for free here.
MUSEUM: I don't know why I never really mention it in here, but I've created the world's first permanent Cigar Box Guitar Museum at Speal's Tavern in New Alexandria, PA. If you haven't seen it and you're going to be in the Pittsburgh area, put it on your list of things to do. The museum has over 80 cigar box guitars and homemade instruments from around the world. The centerpiece is a 100 year old one-string cigar box guitar.
Speal's Tavern is an old dive bar with live blues, an amazing catfish sandwich, cold beers and my family behind the bar. Get directions, see pictures of the museum and more information at www.SpealsTavern.com.
SNAKE OIL BAND CONCERT NEXT WEEK IN PITTSBURGH AREA
Speaking of that side of Pennsylvania, I will be bringing the Snake Oil Band to the Steel City Harley Davidson 10th Anniversary Party in Washington, PA (near Pittsburgh) next week. See us headlining the event on Friday, June 5th.
I just started a new batch of my Rust-O-Phonic beer can microphones today. Look for them in a week or two at ShaneSpeal.com. Since I will be taking most of the guitars to the fest on Saturday, there are only a few listed online right now. However, I still have the DeltaLectric 3-string electric cigar box guitars in stock. These are the same as the one I've been using in concert on songs like Fat Man Will Love You, Star Spangled Banner, In My Time of Dying and a lot more. The lipstick tube pickup screams like a banshee when plugged into a burning tube amp.
CIGAR BOX GUITAR FESTIVALS
I just compiled and published the Summer 2015 Cigar Box Guitar Festival Guide. Check it out and see if there's a fest in your area. (Yes, I will be performing at the PA Cigar Box Guitar Fest on August 29.)
ARE YOU A PROFESSIONAL IN YORK, PA?
If you remember last week's email, I said I was heading back to a day job soon. (The music will still happen, just not on a full-time basis.) I'm looking for LinkedIn connections in the York PA area as I search for my next step in Marketing. Here's my new LinkedIn profile. Hit me up:
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT...
Shane Jr and I are talking about bringing back The Shane Speals for the PA Cigar Box Guitar Festival. This time, it'll be louder and more punk...
Well, that's just several of the lassos. I hope to see many of you at the Brews & Skews festival on Saturday. It's going to be a great concert.
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