Runnin’ Down A Dream

16 Aug

During my search for blog content, I occasionally come across a wonderful story that just gives me goosebumps. It is generally an ode to a fallen rocker, or a fantastic profile on an obscure musician. But, this morning, an article from the Washington Post caught my eye. It was written by a 14-year-old named Griffin Black, of Virginia, and told his amazing story about his love for one particular guitar.

This "Red Dog" guitar...well, one that looks and feels very much like it

I'll trade you my lunch money for it

Music Court writer Josh Lampert and I often watch Youtube videos of famous guitarists playing their trademark guitars. Whether it’s Jimi Hendrix’s Fender 60’s Reverse Headstock Stratocaster or B.B. King’s black Gibson, Lucille, Josh and I like to stare at these guitars and go wow…I want that. Well, we don’t need Hendrix’s guitar because we both strum the guitar with our right hand, but still, that does not mean I would not take the guitar. These are the guitars of our idols and no one knows more about guitar idolatry than Griffin Black.

Black, a proud classic rock fan, is a blooming guitarist with a keen ear and skilled manufacturing skills. A Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fan, and, more specifically, a huge fan of guitarist Mike Campbell, Black found himself watching Youtube videos of past performances. Oh, don’t we all. In watching these videos, he came across a package of Mike Campbell guitar bits and fell in love with, “a brilliant red ’60s Fender Telecaster around his neck.” That guitar was Campbell’s “Red Dog”

And, persistent Griffin decided he would not just settle with saying cool guitar. He would build his own and over a three month span that is what he did. And, what is the natural step after making a famous guitar. Have its originator sign it. So, with help from his Dad, he tracked down the band’s manager and impressed Campbell so much that the Heartbreaker’s guitarist invited them for a backstage visit before a show. And, you’ll never believe what happened next.

It is a great article depicting a 14-year-old’s success story and it definitely proves that classic rock is alive and well among the youth of the nation. Hey, like I say, there will always be interest in good music.

Check out the article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/13/AR2010081306140.html?hpid=artslot&sid=ST2010081306555

TomPetty.com: http://www.tompetty.com/news/title/runnin-down-a-dream-mike-campbell-meets-14-year-old-griffin-black

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