The Alaska Boys

When three young men who live in Alaska were looking for something interesting to do while visiting Tennessee, their Mom found the CanJoe Company web site on a search for interesting things in NE Tennessee. A few weeks prior to their scheduled trip to the TN region, their mom called and inquired about the authentic, original, cool, handcrafted musical one-stringed things. She was so excited about her three aspiring musician sons having opportunity to tour the original CanJoe Company shop, to pick out their own specific cans, and select woods for their instruments.

After arriving to the CanJoe Company shop located in Blountville, TN on a brisk, Saturday morning, the Alaska boys, first, were introduced to the original, authentic canjoe instruments by the master canjoe picker, himself, followed by a tour of the original canjoe instrument museum and private personal canjoe instrument collection of CanJoe*John, as well.

Check out the photos of their ‘tour’, then as they’re in the shop selecting parts, then one last shot taken before heading back to Alaska to wait… and just two weeks later, the finished works of art (as shown) shipped and received.

For information on ordering, prices, details call 423-612-4320

About CanJoe*John

CanJoe*John began making and marketing the authentic 'canjoe' instruments from their origin. Introduced to them by their creator, Herschel R. Brown, in the early 1990s, John, from the beginning, helped Herschel manufacture them in Herschel's shop. John relocated back to his home state of TN in 1993 and continued, initially with Herschel's direct assistance, to make and market them, establishing the licensed sole proprietorship, the CanJoe Company, in 1994. As a professional musician CanJoe*John became billed as the "world's most unique musician, playing the world's most unique musical instrument, the canjoe" (aka, canjo). Always with his own personal canjoe instrument in hand he was awarded the adult "2007 Male Bluegrass Instrumentalist of the Year" by the North American Country Music Association International (NACMAI), and now having the distinction of being the first and only canjoe picker to ever perform on the Grand Ole Opry, has literally taken the one-stringed thing to the outer limits! CanJoe*John is a master craftsman and artist who designs, creates and crafts these instruments as custom works of musical fine art for those who respect and require the best of the best, truly genuine, original one-stringed musical instruments. He can be reached via email at, or by phone at 423-612-4320.
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