Africa & the Blues: the Story of

A note from Shane Speal about ...

For many years, I used a nasty old 3/4" Craftsman socket as my guitar slide in concert. I'd buy 'em by the dozen at flea markets. They did the job when I pummed the cigar box guitar. 

But at home, I have an ever-growing collection of exotic guitar slides that I use for composition, jamming, back porch excursions and recording. Each slide has its own voice, it's own character and it's own mojo. Some are found objects. Others are the weirdest things I could find. 

This store is for the seekers. The mad ones. Mad to live. Mad to play. Never taking the normal route. Join me in the quest to find new sounds by jamming foreign objects on our fingers and RAKING them across strings. 

So that's it. The world needed an online store for visionary cigar box guitarists. And diddley bow players. And slide guitarists. You get the idea. 


This has now become more than just guitar slides.  A while back, I started sending 10% of all gross sales from to help Wesseh, the blind Liberian musician who made a guitar from a gas can.  I partnered with a young preacher, Pastor George Toe in Monrovia and we got him a home and put food on his table.  It was good. 

Tragically, Wesseh was killed by a reckless driver in February 2018.  We were all devastated.  Pastor George and I worked together to provide him a funeral fit for a music legend. 

But the support continues in Wesseh's honor.  I decided to continue supporting Pastor George even after we lost Wesseh.  The money generated by these tiny little guitar slide sales has provided rent for Pastor George's meeting hall and food for the kids.   We're eventually going to build these kids a school. 

It will be named after Wesseh Freeman. 

As of this writing, it's summer vacation over there, which also means constant rainfall and flooding.  Most kids are stuck inside their homes.  With our help, Pastor George is running a Vacation Bible School for the kids.  He's able to get some food for them, activities and bible lessons. 

Wesseh must be smiling from Heaven. 

Stay primal.  Play the blues.  Make someone smile today. 

-Shane Speal

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