Painted Axe and the King Biscuit Blues Festival will continue a tradition that dates back seven years this October with the completion and delivery of the latest painted custom festival guitar.

Painted Axe and the King Biscuit Blues Festival will continue a tradition that dates back seven years this October with the completion and delivery of the latest painted custom festival guitar.

“I value very highly the relationship with the King Biscuit,” stated Michael Grauf, owner/artisan of the Jacksonville, Fla.-based Painted Axe. “They (KBBF) are one of our first repeat clients and we have done our best to meet their expectations and provide a few periodic surprises.”

According to Grauf, the 2017 guitar features a railroad-tie retaining wall with a weathered festival log and wood burnt “October '17.” It is Fender acoustic. Grauf says the traditional pick-guard has been replaced by a custom-cut 45 rpm record of Elaine's Jimmy McCracklin's “Arkansas.”

In keeping with tradition, festival performers will sign the guitar. A drawing for the guitar will be held the final day of the festival on Saturday, Oct. 7. All proceeds will go to fund the current and future KBBFs.

Signatures are expected to include: Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule, Tab Benoit, J.J. Grey & Mofro, Deak Harp, Paul Thorn, Leo “Bud” Welch and Mississippi BigFoot.

“Someone is sure to go home with a one-of-a-kind memento from the festival,” commented Grauf.

Grauf praised the festival saying, “The King Biscuit Blues Festival remains one of North America's most prominent destinations for blues fans and Painted Axe is honored to continue to contribute to this event.”