The Guinness World Record was broken at Luckenbach, Texas Sunday August 23, 2009, for having the largest guitar pickin’ session in the world.
There were 1,859 guitarists, young and old, who came from all over the country ready to play. The title was taken from Germany who broke the record in 2007 with 1,802 guitarists.
The event was a fundraiser for The Welcome Home Project, a non-profit organization that helps support the veterans who have been seriously injured in combat by using music to inspire them while they are recovering, along with raising awareness about veteran issues.
A lady in the crowd stated, “This is exhilarating to be a part of this event and make memories that we can share with our grandchildren. I have never seen this many guitars in one place!”
Everyone seemed to even ignore the temperature that was pushing 105 degrees, making a record itself.
Roger Creager, Monte Montgomery, and Gary P. Nunn, among other notable performers, were on stage and led the official song for the world record, (Let’s Go to) Luckenbach Texas, for five minutes in unison. The music was flowing along the creek bed and hillsides of the town. People sang along as they played; then everyone held up their guitars and gave out a big unified Texas-Style Yell at the very end. It was a memorable day for everyone there.
Leaving the hillside, I noticed a veteran sitting in a wheelchair smiling and thanking everyone for coming. He sang along as the professional singers sang and played, “This Land is Your Land.”
Because of our veterans, this land is our land and events like this help them know that America cares and appreciates them defending our freedom and our land.