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Kirk Withrow didn't pick up his first musical instrument until he was 22. He heard a short music hook in the movie Bonnie and Clyde that piqued his interest. The song was "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" by Earl Scruggs - and Withrow learned to play it on the banjo. A few years later, while working as a physician at UAB, a patient gave him a cigar box guitar and the rest is history.
"There is something about taking a bunch of scraps and parts and transforming it into something that you can use to play great music. The whole process results in a connection that you can definitely feel when playing. I think you can hear it when you listen someone play a cigar box guitar."
With that simple, handmade instrument, Withrow felt that all the rules that had governed his music were destroyed and replaced with a simple new rule: there are NO rules. Could a cigar box be made to wail like a strat? Could a one string diddley bow really sound good? And why couldn't a cat dish become a resonator? Withrow began to experiment with design and construction of all types of instruments. With each new idea came new instruments; with each new instrument came new songs.
He has since made hundreds of instruments for countless numbers of people and is highly regarded in the world of garage lutherie.
Kirk Withrow's latest CD, "Hogtie The Devil" will be released in the coming months.