Get Your Entry Ready for Samantha Fish Cigar Box Video Playoffs!

You may recall that badass blues guitar phenom Samantha Fish hosted the inaugural Samantha Fish Cigar Box Guitar Festival last January in New Orleans. In the run-up to next January’s second annual event, the producers are rolling out a worldwide open call for musicians — amateur or professional; solo, duo or group — to participate in a contest based on video performances utilizing handmade stringed instruments: cigar box guitars, canjos, pocket fiddles, washtub basses, diddley bows, etc., with cash prizes totaling $1,000.

Samantha Fish

The International Cigar Box Guitar Video Playoffs are accepting submissions now through November 30. Videos must be created in accordance with contest guidelines, and must be posted on YouTube for consideration. Essential entry details are available at

A combination of selection by an expert panel and voting by a viewing audience will determine the first-, second-, and third-place winners, who will be announced on January 16 at the festival. The contest also includes a Junior Champion award for participants 15 and under.

The cash prizes are being provided by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, the event’s primary sponsor. Bonus prizes will also be awarded to each winner. The second annual Samantha Fish Cigar Box Guitar Festival takes place January 13-16, 2021. The festival announced the initial lineup. In addition to Samantha, Louisiana Music Hall of Fame member Jonathon Long, award-winning Whiskey Bayou recording artist J. P. Soars, and CBG mainstays John Nickel, Steve Arvey, and Cigar Box Serenaders will all perform. Many other top acts will be added over the next weeks, and announcements will be made through the website.

Festival co-producer Paige Davis said:

“Samantha, C. B. Gitty, and the entire Cigar Box Guitar Festival team are extremely excited to launch the Playoffs, and we’re looking forward to viewing the entries from CBG players everywhere. So, look at the guidelines on the website and make a video!”


Samantha Fish Cigar Box Guitar Festival

This was the 2020 festival poster:


Samantha Fish – cigar box guitar – Photo Credit: Jean Frank Photography

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