GK AUG Tour Post and Pics

2 and 3 stringers by Shane Speal, diddley bow by GK

2 and 3 stringers by Shane Speal, diddley bow by GK

workin' at the wifi truckstop

workin’ at the wifi truckstop

The August Tour was amazing beyond words… but I’ll try.

one of my heros

15 different sets in 12 days, 3 travel days. Let’s just say I had plenty to keep me occupied 🙂

Thanks to God for no car issues, total safety and in fact -mostly- enough sleep in each night. Whew!

OHIO:

John McClure is a friend and like so many I know, a genuine gift.

I was able to do 5 different sets in 2 prisons, about of 80 men in one show, 4 diff. sets in another max. security prison, both have excellent chaplains who are gems. Also did a

show at Buckeye Christian Center and again, a kind, gracious staff and audience on the night. A number of biker friends came out to that one.

I don’t cry easily, too many years of craziness with a lot of pretty needy peeps… but I sure did cry at the last Ohio prison sets, well, one or two of them. Shackled and behind bars, these men listened, responded and prayed. There but for the grace of God…

NY State:

re-done barn, re-done lives!

Then to Halsey Valley, New York. This rural area is loaded with farms… and a great deal of poverty. Paul (director at Victory House) has great heart for folks in the valley, puts on concerts and helps with all sorts of needs. Kind staff and a pleasure to work with.

Paul and Amy

His re-done, majorly cool barn was full of folks, many Rez heads from back in the day. Just an amazing reception and response that night.

PA:

Then in Pennsylvania- local cable tv show simulcast on the web with in-store (York Emporium, site of the Festival) audience joining with my friend Shane Speal. Really, the cigarbox guitar movement is largely his “fault” :). Shane blessed me with yet another of his creations, this one a 2 stringer (that with the cool 3 stringer he gave me got a work-out ever since!).

Da Man from CBGitty... sweet outdoor shop at the Fest

Da Man from CBGitty… sweet outdoor shop at the Fest and the owner of the amazing http://www.cigarboxnation.com

Willie builds a diddley in 5 mins. at the end of his setMy friend and hero One String Willie creates a diddley bow in 5 minutes at the end of his fabulous set!

crossin' the river
crossin’ the river
Baby! nice shoooooes

Baby! nice shoooooes

David Sutton after his cool set

David Sutton after his cool set

I could go on… but Shane, Jim Lewin, Pam and staff at the Emporium are just a rush to work with. We were able to also do interviews and some music in 2 local NPR Radio (Harrisburg, PA) interviews re. cigarbox gits including Justin and Bill.

Shane Rocks York!

My amazing friend Shane Speal Rocks York!

Shane's stomper... sweet

Shane’s stomper… sweet.

kind Fest mc...

the very kind and gravelly voiced 🙂 Fest mc…

one of many cool Fest vendors

one of many cool Fest vendors

Justin Johnson... virtuoso

Justin Johnson… virtuoso

David's Excellent books on the cbg movement

David’s Excellent books on the cbg movement

my fave Fest shirt... still think so, appx. 85 percent, yes.

my fave Fest shirt… still think so, appx. 85 percent, yes.

rhythm, lead... it's all in there!

rhythm, lead… it’s all in there!

Justin Johnson and Bill Jehle were excellent- and Justin’s set at the Fest the next day was as usual, amazing. I had a great time doing a set as well as joining my friend David Sutton (see my pics of him and his books… gifted photographer, cbg builder and player) -he invited me to play on 3 of his songs, I did and it was quite fun!

some of the great crowd at The York Emporium's 4th annual CigarBox Guitar Festival

some of the great crowd at The York Emporium’s 4th annual CigarBox Guitar Festival

Then I was able to do a WJTL (Lancaster, PA) set live with another kind and receptive audience which was also simulcast on radio and web-streamed. Really kind staff, amazing crowd response, old Rez fans and lots of blues enthusiasts. Did some q. and a. from the audience as well… a very good evening!

Gits at WJTL live set

Gits at WJTL live set

Next a.m. I was invited to do a bit of music and speak at New Path Community Church in Mt. Joy, PA.. Matt and Carol, “Sweetlife” (music duo) are dear friends who have hosted me while in PA last year and this one… and this is where they lead worship. They also do wonderful speaking on marriage restoration having experienced it… and I can tell after 41 years with my Wendi… who’s in love 🙂 Very sweet indeed. I was blessed sitting in on guitar during their set as well.

Pastor Jay and staff are amazing, truly gracious folks, and it was a real pleasure to spend time with them!

That night, last stop in PA, I was able to work with Tom Becker and crew up at The Row House in Lancaster. Tom arranged for a cookin’ bass player and drummer who learned a set of my tunes and the Elk’s Club blues-rocked! At one point I looked up (often close my eyes due to sweat!) and a load of couples in front and back of room were dancin’… so much fun!!SomeOfTheWJTLaudience

Oh- as I pulled up in the parking lot I just had to laugh at the sign you see here… and no, I didn’t park there nor would I 🙂ElksParkingIdidNOTuse

The Row House have real heart for the peeps in the area and again, were a treat to be with!

OHIO:

Yep, back to Ohio for one last stop with Frank James Boyd, Jr. and his blues band. He and band cook for sure… and it was a pleasure working with them (I did some cigarbox git tunes, then Frank and band bluesed it up, then backed me on a bunch of my tunes and finished with several of their own).

Bluesman Frank Boyd, Jr.

Bluesman Frank Boyd, Jr.

The site was an outdoor show in “the hood”, working with the fine, serving staff at Gateway Resource Center who work with the poor and those in need of freedom from substance abuse, etc.. This show was a blast and was a great way to end an amazing tour.

some of the Ohio crowd diggin' Frank and band

some of the Ohio crowd diggin’ Frank and band

Indeed!

Indeed!

So thankful to all who made this trip sweet… and it truly was.

Next stop- Wendi and I head to our friends at Ev. Cov. Church in International Falls, MN! Yep! Doing a cigarbox guitar building workshop, blues set with an opening blues band and speaking on the Sunday along with a few other fun activities. Pastor Darren is a good man and I’m happy to get up that way, especially with my Wendi! As always you can see details via http://www.grrrrecords.com in the Shows section.

Thanks for prayers and stopping by.

-Glenn

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Home From Aug. Tour… Amazing… Truly!

SOOOO many pics of my August Tour. Just got too busy. More will be posted on the tour, hopefully tonight or tomorrow! But for now, a couple video clips for those interested:

Jammin’ with Bill and Justin at WITF (Harrisburg, PA NPR Radio Studios)

Both also featured at Pennsylvania CigarBox Guitar Festival, 4th annual @ The York Emporium, August 24, 2013

GK doing a solo tune during he and Shane Speal’s televised and webcast the set at The York Emporium, August 23, 2013

MAJOR Thanks to Shane Speal, Jim Lewin (York Emporium), Pam and staff and so many for turning out and making my and so many others gigs and interaction there a rocking blast!

More later… love and thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

Tour Comments

So the Ohio (front-end of tour) went amazing to say the least. Looking forward to Mansfield, Ohio next week on
the end of the tour.

Working with my friend John McClure from Buckeye Christian Assembly is always a treat. He has a heart and continual workload of prison ministry all over the state. Last year en-route to the York Cigar Box Guitar Festival (in PA) he had us stop and do a solo show there. He also let us know about his stops at prisons all over Ohio and we began talking about a return trip that would include at least some of those.

Grafton was amazing. Nice crowd, real-deal chaplain (Ron) and kind staff who helped us in with grace.

The guys were totally receptive and I think very much
related to my blues set. I also taught ’em a couple new
ones that are call-and-response sung. By the way, they had their prison choir open with a song- and they ROCKED, and I mean really were GOOOOOOOOD!!

On to Buckeye, a very kind crowd on the night, seemed to track with the music and my little raps on treating our
neighbor with grace that we ourselves want… good chats after and in fact a bro. brought up a sweet, black beauty of a cigarbox guitar (3 stringer) he’d made which he asked me to sign. Very cool. Some biker friends also came by. Oh, and I had John come up and sing a song while I played guitar on it- he did good, it was fun (the tune was Keep It To Yourself).

On to OSP in Hubbard, near Youngstown yesterday.

Wow. Four sets in 3 different places. These guys are truly
amazing, don’t get a lot of music and really seemed to
relate. I think I told each of them that the difference
between them (locked up for various crimes, mostly long sentences) and myself is that I had gotten saved and they had gotten caught. Truth.

In fact had I not come to faith in Jesus I’d have overdosed on heroin, I’m certain of that because that was where I was going when as Forrest Gump said… “And then God SHOWED UP”.

Whew.

I cried a couple times yesterday. These men are of great value while many in society just think they’re useless.Again, my cigarbox guitar is always a close-at-hand object lesson of what creative people can do with what some think are useless and throw-away. They were tracking with me and really kind in their responses.

So then it was a 3 hour drive to a hotel here in New York State and tomorrow over in Spencer, NY for a gig, then in the week, to PA and several shows including this year’s Cigar Box Guitar Festival in York.

Tell you what- sleeping in is good… and I think I’ll take
a nap seeing they’ve allowed me a late checkout today!

Thanks for stopping by. As always, all show details are at

http://www.grrrrecords.com

in the Shows section.

Hope to see you on the road!
-Glenn

Fri. 16th – 28th August GK Tour

Ohio, NY State, PA, back through Ohio and then to sweet home Chicago!

Thanks for prayers. All shows are up (details) at http://www.grrrrecords.com

(in the Shows section…)

I’ll try to post a few thoughts and pics along the tour route.

Working on a longer post -thinking about a couple weird but likely common ideas peeps sometimes have about the Lord… I’ll post when fully done writing. Hint: Is God egotistical? Is God a bully?

Thanks for stopping by! -Glenn