People use many words to describe The Tubes drummer and painter Prairie Prince: talented, peripatetic, generous, supportive and super busy, but they most often describe him simply as nice. Because of this inherent trait it comes as no surprise that he is donating his musical and artistic talents to a worthy cause near and dear to him, Little Kids Rock. This national nonprofit provides free lessons and instruments to underprivileged children in public schools and has served more than 160,000 students at over 1,200 schools in 25 cities.
In between touring with The Tubes and Todd Rundgren and various other music projects, Prince hand-painted a Fender guitar with the face of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix ablaze on it. Artist Stanley Mouse painted 2 “flying eyeball” guitars, which Prince clear-coated and assembled. Photographer Danny O’Connor snapped a few shots in Prince’s studio, painting, spraying and prepping the guitars for the auction block.
Grammy-winning country singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne headlines a Benefit Concert on Sunday, May 6 at George’s Night Club in San Raphael, Ca. Prairie Prince and his band will backup two Little Kids Rock bands. The Mayor of San Rafael has even proclaimed May 6, 2012 as Little Kids Rock Day.
Also on the auction block are guitars signed by Mark Knopfler, Carlos Santana, the Doobie Brothers and Chrissie Hynde.
Follow the event on Prairie Prince’s Facebook Page.