John McNicholas has a lot of Tampa Bay stories to tell. The now Atlanta-based musician currently plays with The Sunset District, but he's also an alum of the Thoroughbred music store family who has fronted many Tampa Bay outfits including Spiller and Dank. The latter those two bands plays the Rock & Roll Swap Meet at St. Pete's Cage Brewing on Sunday, and McNicholas is bringing an additional project along, too.
That One Guitar is an intimate photo project that pairs some of McNicholas' favorite creators with their most beloved instruments in the hopes of shedding light on the special connection musicians share with the tools of their trade.
According to its website, the project consists of one headshot of the artist and multiple images of the featured instrument which will be combined into a single photo. Shoot typically takes about 15 minutes start to finish and can be done at anywhere.There are more than 40 profiles in the archives so far, and McNicholas is looking for some Bay area musicians to help him to to his goal of 200 profiles that'll likely be compiled into a book.
One local story that stands out in particular is the one surrounding Ash Dieudonne's Epiphone ES-339, which somehow managed to not get nabbed in a 2014 robbery that left Dieudonne about $10,000 in the hole.
"The story is about so much more than the guitar," McNicholas — who is an alum of Lakewood High School and the University of South Florida — said.
Artists interested in participating are being asked to fill out this form so that McNicholas can reach out. More information on the rock and roll swap meet is available below.