So Travis Bowlin of Bowlin’s Box Instruments invited me along to a blues jam/juke joint last night at Papa T’s right on the marina of Nashville Shores.
I met him there for a beer and bbq, then I was handed an old Les Paul lawsuit copy and told to jump up on stage with Travis and an ensemble of in-house native Nashville musicians.
What happened after that still remains a mystery to me. I’m certain we rinsed Zepellin’s Whole Lotta Love, and a few basic blues rhythms led by Travis and his co-pilots on bass and drums.
It got real when Papa T himself stepped up with a Hendrix style white strat which, in true Hendrix style was a lefty strung upside down. You just can’t make this stuff up.
Papa T and an incredible 17 year old guitarist really put the night to rest with this absolute assault on their strings. Within a few lengthy solos and some serious action on the wah pedal, they were joined by a saxophonist that just topped the whole thing for me.
I’ll be catching up with Travis tomorrow to talk more about his business and Cigar Box Guitars!