All six Chesapeake Bay Guitar Project guitars were completed on schedule and were unveiled at the Festival hosted by Emory and Charlene Knode at the Appalachian Bluegrass Shoppe in Catonsville on May 17. The event was a huge success, with a number of great performers playing the guitars, singing, and entertaining the festival attendees. First up were Bob Walters, Mike Walls and Deb Peitavino, who performed a selection of songs, including "Chesapeake," an original song that that Bob composed specifically for this event. They were followed by Andy Rathgeber (pictured), Charles Roe, Michael Cassidy and his wife Joie Frye, and Pat MacCubbin, all very talented performers.
Rick Landers and photographer Mike Davis were present from Modern Guitars Magazine. Rick conducted an interview with myself and Emory, while Mike took some great shots of the guitars, the store, and the event happenings. The interview and photos have been published on the Modern Guitars website.
All in all, this was a great day, with live music and refreshments, the Chesapeake Bay guitars, and staff from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation providing information about their efforts to preserve the Bay. There are guitars still available for purchase, and they are on display at Appalachian Bluegrass. To inquire, please contact Emory Knode at Appalachian Bluegrass either by phone (410-744-1144) or Internet website (www.appalachianbluegrass.com).
My heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make this project and event a success. A special thanks to Craig Lavin for his beautiful and inspired inlay artwork on the guitars. He is a true artist.
Photo courtesy Claire MacCubbin