One String Super Heroes

March 23, 2017

What Can You Do With One String?

In this Blog we highlight 3 original artists who've taken playing  one string to a whole new level.


 Brushy One String


From the streets of Jamaica to Global Stardom, Brushy One String (born Andrew Chin) captivates his audiences with  his driving, upbeat grooves and powerful gritty voice. 


His YouTube videos such as  Chicken In The Corn and One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer won him literally millions of worldwide fans and set him on course for global sell out tours.  For a full Bio and discography pop over to


Sea Sick Steve


Seasick Steve (born Steven Gene Wold) is without doubt the artist most famous today for playing the single string guitar or 'Diddley Bow'.  Born in 1940 his early life is famously chequered with time spent as a hobo, carnival worker and cowboy.


His musical career took off after appearing on the Jools Holland Hootananny BBC TV show in 2006 playing various home made instruments. After his appearance  he commented "I can't believe it, all of the sudden I'm like the cat's meow".  Since then he's released 8 albums and performs all around the world.  Check out his latest releases and tour dates at


Justin Johnson


Known as 'The Wizard' for  his virtuosity with stringed instruments such as The Canjo, Diddley Bow and Cigar Box Guitar, Justin Johnson has toured North America, Australia, Europe and the UK.  The Nashville recording and touring artist has, with his debut double album 'Smoke and Mirrors' (2014), demonstrated just how versatile these relatively simple instruments can be.


The worldwide appreciation for his numerous free educational Utube videos has led Justin to  release an Instructional Series  of DVDs and books on Roots Music technique and theory.   His 'Roots Music School' in Nashville has influenced educators across the US and led to the introduction of a Roots Music curriculum in schools. For more information about Justin Johnson's recordings and educational resources see


And Finally, A Blast From The Past.....


One String Sam


Little is known about One String Sam, an eccentric street musician who walked into Joe's Record Shop on Hastings Street in Detroit in 1956 and recorded two odd and unforgettable tracks, "I Need a Hundred Dollars" and "My Baby Ooo,"  He appeared briefly in 1973 at the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival and was never heard of again!





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