Some of the earliest days when the one-stringed canjoe instrument was barely heard of by virtually anyone in the world, much effort and money to get it popularized was expended. Herschel R. Brown (deceased), the official creator of the instrument was a building contractor at that time. He was far too busy building buildings to put much effort into marketing canjoe instruments. The instrument’s origins began out of Herschel’s shop in the very early 1990’s and some of the production of them was assisted by John L. VanArsdall, Herschel’s friend. Then, in 1993, John had to relocate back to Tennessee, so moved away from the coast of North Carolina where he and Herschel shared their time. When in his new home in Tennessee, John continued, with Herschel’s assistance, to build and market the instruments. From the earliest days of their beginning, everywhere John was seen, or heard about, there was a canjoe instrument in his hands, either being played and promoted, or being assembled and sold.
The photos in the included gallery are a few showing examples of early newspaper articles, live performances, and a few influential people that CanJoe*John met while on the steeply uphill journey of getting these instruments into the foothold of becoming recognized and widely marketable. (Very apparently, too, the herculean efforts have proved quite successful with many, many others who have now followed the trail to take up producing and marketing their many varied and/or similar products).
Y’all stay tuned, more of this story and more photos will follow in upcoming posts.
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