From March 2005 through March 2006 the Hand/Eye label sent out a 3" CD-R to subscribers every full moon, each one in a limited edition of 100 copies. The title of the series was The Folklore of the Moon, and the artists (among them Kawabata Makoto, David Tibet, Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice, and many more) were given free reign to record their take on the moon.
While it is all great music, one of the releases stands out among all the others, namely the contribution of Shane Speal, King of the Cigar Box Guitar and curator of the National Cigar Box Guitar Museum in York, PA. Considering that Blind Willie Johnson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Charlie Christian, Jimi Hendrix, and countless other guitar heroes got their start on cigar box guitars, this instrument certainly deserves more attention than it currently gets. So here are two selections from Lunatic Howl, Shane's contribution to The Folklore of the Moon, released under the moniker Shane Speal's Head.
Shane Speal's Head - In The Pines (MP3) - Currently my favorite version of this traditional folk song (also known as "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" or "Black Girl"), despite great competition by Lead Belly and Nirvana.
Shane Speal's Head - A Song About The Moon (MP3) - It is what it says it is, and it is undoubtedly the best song ever written about the moon.
By the way, the canjo on the right is another one of Shane's instruments. The next big thing?