The $100 Guitar Project (Bridge) is a very unique and cool project put together under one simple premise: pass the guitar from one musician to another, have them record something, then mail the guitar to someone else. The make and model of the guitar is almost unimportant, although you can see it on the cover and booklet. It’s about a celebration of music and the musician who puts work in playing the guitar to create a song. Some of the songs are fully realized compositions, while others are quick bursts of sound. The end result is a 69 song double CD that goes everywhere from sweet electric balladry to trippy doodling, and even with this many people involved in the project, it works out as innocently as a school project, or going back to the days of the pen pal when one had to go to a physical building to mail a piece of paper with a stamp on it.
The diversity on The $100 Guitar Project is amazing: Amy Denio, Nels Cline, Fred Frith, David Starobin, Alex Skolnick, Thomas Dimuzio, Henry Kaiser, Han-earl Park, Chris Murphy, James Moore, Del Rey, Ava Mendoza, and many others, who are either backed by a few musicians, themselves, or go at it solo. You may listen to them as mini-gems or brief masterpieces, or you may even consider wanting to sample bits of these songs for your own compositions (but with proper permission of course). The interesting about this album was that there were more contributions than the label could handle, so there could easily be one or two more volumes ready-made. Let’s hope so.
(NOTE: Royalties on every sale of The $100 Guitar Project will be paid directly to CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. For more information, go to Care.org.)