Kevin Sprague (Knotlenny)
  • King Ferry, NY
  • United States

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May 20
Thomas "Duck" Petry commented on Kevin Sprague (Knotlenny)'s group SOAPBOX - Rants & Raves
"Well put, Kevin.  I'll agree with that 100%.  Love to see the look when people first hear one play and realize how good the sound can be from a box and a stick.  "
May 19
Kevin Sprague (Knotlenny) commented on Kevin Sprague (Knotlenny)'s group SOAPBOX - Rants & Raves
"I still get a rush of excitement when I hear a newly strung instrument and it's unique voice. For me, the passion of this is in the simplicity and the historical connection to musical expression that wouldn't be silenced. Makeshift…"
May 19
Matthew Borczon commented on Kevin Sprague (Knotlenny)'s group SOAPBOX - Rants & Raves
"this is an interesting conversation. I think there is no wrong answer here. Just different perspectives. I often miss the old days when I first found the old group. Most built to play with few people doing it exclusively to sell. Still I have no…"
May 18
smilingdog1 commented on Kevin Sprague (Knotlenny)'s group SOAPBOX - Rants & Raves
"I use to collect comic books after they became an addiction, I read them and at one point collect some just for the cover art. Now, should another reader feel sorry for me because I collect for art or sell them at a collectors value? I don't…"
May 18
Thomas "Duck" Petry commented on Kevin Sprague (Knotlenny)'s group SOAPBOX - Rants & Raves
"My main point is that when people get into these things with their whole idea being to sell them and have no interest in playing them, something gets lost in the process.  As Ben says, "Build what you play.  Play what you…"
May 18
turtlehead commented on Kevin Sprague (Knotlenny)'s group SOAPBOX - Rants & Raves
"Crafters for Prophet sounds like a good band name or album title Duck ;) I feel sorry for the "I'm a builder, not a player" types because they will never feel that pure joy and satisfaction that comes with plunking out a tune on an…"
May 18
smilingdog1 commented on Kevin Sprague (Knotlenny)'s group SOAPBOX - Rants & Raves
"To Kevin & Duck, I believe in the no rules approach to building these CBG's. I'd not relish being the one who tells up coming builders that they had better learn to play or their level of effort will be cutesy at best. I don't…"
May 18
Thomas "Duck" Petry commented on Kevin Sprague (Knotlenny)'s group SOAPBOX - Rants & Raves
"Kevin...Soulless is the problem.  I too have seen some that built clones of their designs with no attempt to create other than mass produced instruments for the masses.  So far my builds have all been of different boxes that have been…"
May 17
Kevin Sprague (Knotlenny) commented on Kevin Sprague (Knotlenny)'s group SOAPBOX - Rants & Raves
"Well with all due respect, Smiling Dog - your example illustrates my point exactly.  In my humble view: building a cigar box guitar is different than following the specs and dimensions of building a cabinet or a piano - or a fighter jet. …"
May 17

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Singer/Songwriter; Knotlenny (or Kevin Sprague) was bitten by the cigar box guitar bug in 2004 when he bought a 3-string model on eBay from Bluesboy Jag. Since that time he's constructed (and performs with) a number of primitive instruments . . . .and lays claim to being the design originator of the license-plate resonator cbg.

Knotlenny organized the first Cigar Box Guitar fest in upstate NY, 'Fingerlakes Fest', which was held in Canandaigua, NY in 2008.

He is also one of the founding members of the Muckland Crooners.

Other marginally interesting facts about Knotlenny. He - -

  • has been a published editorial cartoonist - appearing in papers such as - USA Today
  • spent nearly 20 years selling propane and propane accessories, a la Hank Hill
  • once had The Big Top collapse on him, at a Circus performance.
  • is some kind of distant cousin to Bruce Springsteen . . .but never gets a Christmas card

More about Knotlenny at his internet store-front the%20Muckland%20CroonersQuantcast

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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
It was foretold to me in a prophecy.
How many instruments have you built so far?
lost count - several hundred
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
makeshift hobo-rock

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At 12:48am on April 7, 2018, turtlehead said…

Always nice to have another Deadhead friend.

At 11:15am on August 12, 2014, Pete Turner said…

Looking forward to seeing you @ the 5th Annual PA Cigar Box Fest.

At 8:44pm on June 7, 2014, Pete Turner said…

Thanks, sounds like fun!

At 8:42pm on June 7, 2014, Pete Turner said…

Thanks for adding me as a friend!

At 11:59pm on March 14, 2014, Lenny said…

Thanks again for coming by tonight, and turning me onto this site


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