By Kathleen Coleman
The Acoustic Guitar Project, created by Founder/Executive Director Dave Adams, is currently in Kansas City. The project scope is simple, one guitar is passed around between 10 Kansas City musicians. Each musician has 7 days to write and record an original song using the acoustic guitar. Once they have signed the guitar, it is passed on to the next musician on the list. This creative project began in 2012 and has evolved from a simple idea to inspire musicians to write songs to a worldwide initiative encompassing 40 cities, 40 guitars, 400 musicians, and 400 new original songs to inspire and delight the listening public. Kansas City musicians are participating in 2014 for the first time since the Acoustic Guitar Project’s inception.
So far, four of Kansas City’s supremely talented songwriters have had the guitar in their possession for their week of songwriting. Mike West of Truckstop Honeymoon received the guitar first and passed it to Danny McGaw (Wells the Traveler), and then it fell into the hands of Tyler Gregory. After Tyler, Katy Guillen (Katy Guillen and The Girls) spent her time with the guitar and then on Monday June 9th passed it on to Jeff Freling (Victor and Penny). Jeff Freling will complete his 7 day run and then the guitar will pass on to Beau Bledsoe, Quinn McCue (Kansas City Bear Fighters) and then Cody Wyoming (The Philistines) will have their turn creating their creative acoustic masterpieces. In addition to the above 8 musicians 2 more are yet to be named to the project.
According to Dave Adams, “The Acoustic Guitar Project was created to help musicians reconnect to the original moment that inspired them to be singer-songwriters. Back to a time when it was just them and their guitar. Focused. Challenged. Creative. Most likely self-exiled to an isolated space. And definitely completely lost in the moment. By giving musicians a platform with simple restrictions, we hope that The Project will inspire them.”
Interested in finding out where The Acoustic Guitar is traveling in 2014? Check out the official website for updates, nominate a musician for the project, and check out past musicians who have created a special moment in music culture. Look for a live performance featuring all 10 Kansas City Musicians sometime in August.