Glenn Kaiser: Cigarbox Guitar
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I'm primarily a blues musician who fell in love with the people, music, places and instruments of the earliest Delta blues singers/players as a young man. Married a beautiful Southern girl 44 years ago :) Between GrrrRecords.Com and YouTube.Com you can find some 37 albums and more that I've been involved with. It's been a long, amazing road! Also a chaplain and pastor, I live and work among poor and homeless folks in inner-city Chicago -my home since 1973.
Growing up in rural Wisconsin, USA (northern Midwest), youngest child of a broken home, poverty, several addictions and such all likely contributed to my understanding of the power and longing embeded in the music I love best. Moving to urban Milwaukee, I began singing and taught myself to play guitar and several other instruments at 12 years of age.
First hearing Blind Willie Johnson, Robert Johnson, Huddie Ledbetter (aka Leadbelly), Rev. Gary Davis, Son House and many more moved me to a deeper study of not only their lives and living conditions but also the many engines of their music- African music traditions, culture, survival, hand-made instruments, slavery and migration, spirituality... and finally to building cigarbox and found-object guitars.
I have done countless concerts, blues history/cbg lectures in many workshops teaching and helping peeps build these fun lil' gits. The pleasure of seeing all-age faces light up when they complete a 3, 2 or 1 string primitive slide guitar, then begin finding the notes... this is music to my ears -and no pun intended. Please check out my friends over at cigarboxnation.com and grrrrecords.com for more. Thanks for stopping by! -Glenn Kaiser
BOOKINGS, ETC.: Mobile/Text: 773.383.3528
Glenn proudly endorses, records and performs live with:
GrrrRecords GK Signature Model cigar box guitars
Shane Speal's Cigar Box Guitars
Tony Taylor's Ascendent Instruments cigar box guitars
Gary Mencer's Broken Heart Guitars
Jack Bensema's Scrap Grinder Guitars
Zeppelin Design Labs Percolator Amps
Shannon Coberly's Trimmed & Burnin' Amps
Joe Filisko Harmonicas
---and is blessed to record for Grrr Records at Tone Zone Studios Chicago