Cigar Box Guitars & the Making of "Little Boxes" by Walk Off the Earth

This video has amassed more than 10 Million hits.  You've probably seen it.  Now hear Shane Speal's interesting backstory to the entire project.

Shane Speal says:

In early 2012, I received a panicked call from a advertising company in England.  They were looking for cigar box guitars and they needed them NOW! 

The caller wouldn't devulge too much information, but said that a popular Youtube band was working on a song and video that would be connected to a Canadian telecom business.  It was a Tuesday afternoon.  They needed the guitars shipped to Quebec, Canada by the end of the week.

At the time, I only had one cigar box guitar built that was for sale.  I also offered up a beautiful cigar box ukulele made by a retired builder in North Carolina.  (I didn't want to give it up, so I offered a high price.  They didn't even blink and bought it immediately.) 

I also told them to contact my friend, Lenny Robert from Daddy Mojo Guitars in Montreal, since he was nearby.  They did and Lenny collected a bunch of his own cigar box guitars and hand-delivered them. 

Walk Off the Earth received their new batch of cigar box guitars on a Thursday, arranged the folk song "Little Boxes" on them, recorded it Friday and shot the video above on Saturday. 

That's how talented they are.

THE MAKING OF LITTLE BOXES:  Once they received my guitars in the mail, the ad agency called me up and offered to fly me to Quebec for the shoot.  At the time, I was a stay-at-home-dad and couldn't leave Melissa and the kids.  I had to turn them down.

Luckily, Lenny Robert was available and the cameras rolled:

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