We got a start on this one about a month ago, its finally starting to take shape. It's not a exact copy, maybe a touch larger and a little more refined, you can notice that we have taken design elements from all of our previous projects. Almost everything on this one has been salvaged materials witch definitely complicates things, but we take pride in the fact that this basically started as a pile of scrap.
We are Pleased to announce that the Deep Fried Pickle Project will be playing the giant instruments of Roots Rust Revival along with there own creative interments at Founder Brewery on September 30th starting at 6pm. This is also your last chance to vote for Roots Rust Revival for the first round of voting of ArtPrize 8. Vote Code: 63968
We had a blast and met a lot of great people last weekend, here are some memories we wanted to share. Below you can see Billy Strings, some of the members of Greensky Bluegrass and the Deep Fried Pickle Project jug band all checking out our instruments.
Unfortunately I had to work and was unable to help so Dave did the installation solo. The installation was a success, although he did find himself locked in when he went to leave. He eventually was able to escape with the help of a neighbor.
Its only fitting that the Banjo has been donated to Wheatland in memory of Mike Bunting as he was there and fostered the original idea to create this sculpture for the festival grounds.
First and foremost please check out the write up over at SeMi bluegrass that John Bayerl did for us.
We made a huge amount of progress this past weekend on the Dobro, there are even strings on it now! For the time being we just have the resonator cone (old dryer drum) sitting in place as we are not sure of the final design. The Trio of Roots Rust Revival will be heading up to the Hoxeyville Music Festival this coming weekend, so come on up and check us out!
I started to finish up the head on the Dobro this week and with any of this stuff some things work out better than expected and some things just outright fail. The first piece of stainless I tried to attach to the leaf springs falls into the latter category, after spending way to much time trying to fix it I ended up cutting it off and starting over. So I got the new one made an welded on, next the sides tomorrow.
Last weekend we were able to get all the instruments up to Feral Fest 2016 and on top of that we won the sculpture contest! This is an amazing festival with a great atmosphere and even better people. We finally were able to get the pickups hooked up on the BasTrak and it did not disappoint, check out the video with REDD banging out some tunes!
We got a good amount of work done last week end on the Dobro. This is where things really get exciting, the basic form has taken shape and we get to ride the wave of creativity. On the bottom center picture you will notice a trash can lid, this is no mistake. The one thing that sets a dobro apart from a standard guitar is the resonator, this is what gives it that unique sound. We have been playing around with many different options from old galvanized wash tubs to trash can lids. You may also notice that the head is a little different than you might expect from a normal six string instrument, this is what we are all about.
Getting things started took some time, but things are coming together now. We got the final form nailed down and the sides rolled into shape. Just tonight I was able to get some of the bottom support welded to the sides. Hopefully by this weekend we should be starting to get the neck fabricated and joined to the body.