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Acoustic Guitar Project

One Guitar. One Week. One Song – The Acoustic Guitar Project

Acoustic Guitar Project

Acoustic Guitar Project

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.

Dave Adams

Dave Adams

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 BledsoeQuinn 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.

Oliver Craven A Top 2013 Telluride Troubadour

Oliver Craven Photo by Laura Carbone

Oliver Craven Photo by Laura Carbone

Congratulations to KC Cafe Performing Artist Oliver Craven of The Stray Birds for being a Top 10 finalist out of 500 entries in the 2013 Telluride Troubadour Contest. The Telluride Troubadour Competition is a nationally recognized songwriter competition open to anyone who writes and performs original music and who is not currently signed to a major recording or publishing deal. Contestants are judged on the quality of the song’s composition, vocal delivery, and the overall performance.

KC Cafe Radio had the pleasure of experiencing The Stray Birds live last August when they performed as part of our 2012 House Concert Series. You can listen to their live performance on our website. You can also catch them in concert as they are currently on tour. Upcoming dates and information are located on their website www.thestraybirds.com