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LISTEN: This Is What A Cigar Box Guitar Sounds Like

Justin Johnson playing cigar box guitar
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North Carolina musician Justin Johnson makes and collects homemade instruments. Listen to him play "Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down" live in the WUNC studios using a guitar made out of a cigar box:

Justin Johnson's latest album, Smoke & Mirrors, is a collection of pre-World War II songs played on a collection of antique homemade instruments from The National Cigar Box Guitar Museum in Alabama. The two-disc compilation was recorded at the iconic Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee and at an old sharecropper's shack in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Listen to his in-studio conversation with The State of Things host Frank Stasio.

Hady Mawajdeh is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. He listened to Fresh Air growing up and fell in love with public radio. He earned his B.A. in Mass Communication at Texas State University and specialized in electronic media. He worked at NPR affiliate stations KUT and KUTX in Austin, Texas as an intern, producer, social media coordinator, and a late-night deejay.
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