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Cigar Box Guitar Film Featured at Festival

“Songs Inside The Box,” the cigar box guitar documentary was shown as a part of the 2017 New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival. The three-day event began on Thursday, January 19th at New Orleans Jazz Museum in the Old U.S. Mint, with a special New Orleans premiere screening.

UA Documentaries to Screen in Paris

Two documentaries produced by the University of Alabama will be screened in Paris, France during October, 2011. The documentaries, originally made for broadcast in Alabama, have both had an impact well beyond the boundaries of the state. “Richard Johnston: Hill Country Troubadour” will screen as a part of the Raw Sounds Movie Club on October 17th at Le Fanfaron (6 rue de la Main d’Or). The film, which won the Best Alabama Film Award at the 2007 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival, tells the story of a Memphis, Tennessee musician who was performing frequently in Alabama during the time it was produced. Johnston draws his inspiration from a unique style of blues music that comes from north Mississippi’s hill country and the film serves as an introduction to the musician and the style of music. It has been shown across the US, England, and Germany but this screening will be the French premiere. “Songs Inside The Box” will screen during the Cigar Box Guitare Mini-Festival on October 22nd at Boullion Belge (6 Rue Planchat). The film chronicles an Alabama cigar box guitar festival which attracts participants from across the US. It recently won the Best Feature Length Documentary Award at [...]

"Songs Inside The Box" to Screen at Prometheus Film Festival

“Songs Inside The Box,” the cigar box guitar documentary has been selected for screening at the Prometheus Film Festival of York, Pennsylvania. The festival will take place in the York Little Theatre on August 19th and 20th, one week before York will host the annual Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival. I’m very proud to have the film screening in York because it is the home of Shane Speal, the self-proclaimed King of the Cigar Box Guitar and central figure of “Songs Inside the Box.” Shane will be performing at the festival. For more information: ShaneSpeal.com SongsInsideThe Box.com Max Shores..

Hill Country Troubadour at 2011 Alabama Cigar Box Guitar Festival

“Richard Johnston: Hill Country Troubadour,” the award-winning documentary by Center for Public Television & Radio producer/director Max Shores, will be shown at the 7th Annual Cigar Box Guitar Festival in Huntsville, Alabama at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 4th. Shores will be in attendance and will answer questions after the screening. Presentation of this University of Alabama documentary is just a part of the two-day festival which will begin on Friday, June 3rd at 6:00 p.m. with a free performance by cigar box guitar musicians, Hymn for Her. Following the documentary screening on Saturday there will be performances by Pat, John and Uncle Chuck Nickel, Microwave Dave, John Lowe, Seven Hills Stomp, Nadaband and Earl Williams. Bill Jehle’s Cigar Box Guitar Museum will be on display as well as demonstrations of various hand crafted instruments. The admission charge for the Saturday events will be $15.00. Richard Johnston is a Memphis musician who is inspired by the music of the hill country of north Mississippi. He and John Lowe worked together to create a unique cigar box guitar which allows a musician to play both bass guitar and lead guitar simultaneously. It was through Johnston that Shores learned of the annual [...]

"Songs Inside The Box" to screen at Woodford Folk Festival

I’m pleased to announce that “Songs Inside The Box,” the cigar box guitar documentary will be screened at the 2010/2011 Woodford Folk Festival in Woodford, Queensland, Australia. The screening is scheduled for Wednesday, December 29th at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed with performance by Eb ‘n’ Flo, a local cigar box guitar duo. The annual Woodford Folk Festival is one of the largest cultural events of its type in Australia. The festival takes place over six days and nights from December 27th to January 1st each year. It features a wide range of performance styles, musical genres and nationalities, in many simultaneous venues across the site. About 130,000 patrons attend annually, camping on-site. Eb ‘n’ Flo are actually Paul Thorley and Fluer Shelton who are from the area. They both make cigar box guitars and perform together. Their music ranges from melodic Appalachian music to country blues. I am excited that they will be appearing with the documentary. For more information: The Woodford Folk Festival Paul Thorley’s profile at CigarBoxNation.com Fleur Shelton’s profile at CigarBoxNation.com SongsInsideTheBox.com Max Shores..

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I am a TV/film director from the University of Alabama where I make documentary films and teach a class. My documentary about cigar box guitars, "Songs Inside The Box," was shot primarily at the 3rd annual Cigar Box Guitar Extravaganza in Huntsville, Alabama. It was broadcast on Alabama Public Television last year and will be distributed to other US public TV stations in the coming months. It is available for sale on DVD through phone and mail orders and info on how to order can be found here:

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Visit me at: MaxShores.com and SongsInsideTheBox.com

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At 1:21am on March 9, 2012, Ted Crocker said…

Hey hey Max, HBDTY!  How ya been???

At 2:28am on March 8, 2011, Ted Crocker said…

Hey Hey Hey Max, have a great B-Day youngster.!
Talked to Sherry from Second Cooler today.
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Errrrr, looks like you didn't touch the cake from last year...

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At 12:22am on March 8, 2010, Henry Lowman said…
Happy Birthday, Max, and congratulations on the success of your film! Oh, yes, and welcome to the madnessssssssssss..........LOL!!!
At 11:49am on February 12, 2010, Ted Crocker said…
Hi Max, welcome to the Clubhouse! Really glad to have you here. You should recognize a lot of the names, some awesome builders and players. We're 12 weeks old today and I'm proud that we've created a cool oasis. Folks will go crazy for "Songs", I'll put up an ad with a link at the bottom of the right column on the main page if you send the art...

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Earl "Guitar" Williams - "Hey Mr. Gip" at Gip's Place

Earl "Guitar" Williams plays cigar box guitar with Marcus Lee on drums at Gip's Place, a juke joint in Bessemer, Alabama. For more information: http://www.re...
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Welcome to the Clubhouse! How did you hear about us?
Invitation from Ted.
What instruments are you building or playing?
None, but I listen to a lot of music.

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