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The world's foremost master of the cigar box guitar...that forgotten poverty instrument of American roots music.  Shane Speal delivers a fierce and primal show that mixes various eras of the blues (Delta, Chicago, modern punk blues) along with songs you'd never expect on an instrument cobbled from discarded cigar boxes and 3 strings.  "Speal's show transcends the gimmick aspect of the homemade instrument simply because he's so damn good.  He pulls the audience in on the first note and doesn't let go until the final encore."  -Blues For You

Imagine KISS as a jug band...
It's an elixer of old time medicine shows, Delta blues and punk rock...
Cigar box guitars, electric washtubs, washboards, harmonicas and flying rubber chickens...

"SHANE SPEAL'S SNAKE OIL BAND"


You ever hear of "steampunk?" Well, consider this band JUGPUNK! 

The brainchild of Shane Speal, "The King of the Cigar Box Guitar," this band pays respect to the old Delta blues musicians who were so poor, they had to build their own instruments.  However, the Snake Oil Band isn't content to rehash the same old music.  Hell no...they take the old blues and mix it with pounding foot stomps, breakneck tempos and a stage show inspired by the shyster medicine shows of the American past. 

  • Shane Speal - cigar box guitars, vocals and stomping foot
  • Ronn Benway - washboards, rubber chickens and stunts
  • Aaron Lewis - harmonica, vocals and confetti cannons
  • Farmer Jon - electric washtub bass and high fives


The Snake Oil Band emerged from weekly jam sessions in the fertile music scene of York PA to become one of the area's biggest drawing bands.  It wasn't unusual to hear Shane and the boys kick out original murder ballads, peppered with insane jug band covers of Purple Rain and Personal Jesus along with songs by Led Zeppelin, Beatles and Hendrix.  They also belted out the blues icons, too: Son House, Blind Willie Johnson, Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson.  No song is ever played the same way and the band rarely uses a set list.  They just plug in and go.

Speaking of plugging in, audience members are usually shocked to see the presence of electric cigar box guitars, washtub basses and washboards.  The instruments are pure American grit, yet they're cranked thru blazing amplifiers.  It's a glitch in the matrix...a trip through the wormhole of the blues.  It shouldn't work, but dammit, it does.

 

cigarboxguitar's Story
"King of the Cigar Box Guitar" signs landmark record deal
with newly formed C. B. Gitty Records
Shane Speal and Ben Baker seal the deal, creating C. B. Gitty Records and
plan the upcoming Shane Speal's Snake Oil Band album. 

 
Two of the biggest players in the modern Cigar Box Guitar Revolution, Shane "The King of Cigar Box Guitar" Speal and guitar parts entrepreneur Ben “Gitty” Baker met last Friday to ink a deal creating C. B. Gitty Records, the first major homemade instrument record label of its kind. 
 
The secret meeting was held at the New Hampshire factory headquarters of C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, the world’s largest cigar box guitar and homemade instrument parts company. Company owner, Ben Baker said, “with the explosion of the cigar box guitar into the mainstream, it was only natural that we would create our own label and sign Shane Speal.”  He continued, “there’s not a band around that can touch Shane Speal’s Snake Oil Band.”  Baker added, “after hearing the songs that will make up this next album.  I had to get behind this project.” 
 
Speal said, “For what I have started with the cigar box guitar movement, Ben has multiplied it one hundred fold with his parts company, CBGitty.com.”  Speal added, “I’ve had several offers from record labels over the past year and I’ve turned them all down to work with Ben Baker.  He understands me and my music.  We’re in this together and the album is going to be incredible!”
 
Shane Speal is known as “The King of the Cigar Box Guitar” and has been playing the instrument for over twenty years.  His theatrical Shane Speal’s Snake Oil Band is a hard rock incarnation of traditional jug bands and features electric washtub bass, washboard and harmonica in addition to Speal’s cigar box guitars and electric foot stomper. 

A full-length album by Shane Speal’s Snake Oil Band is slated for late Spring 2014.

See the official promo video for Shane Speal's Snake Oil Band on Youtube