There seems to be a direct proportionality in country music where the twangier the tunes, the gaudier the couture. So in the grand tradition of Manuel suits and the Waylon-caster comes Jonny Fritz’s pop culture-aping leather design: hand-tooled accoutrement for guitars as well as personalized accessories like guitar straps and belts. You’ll find a twist on the tradition in touches like a Chevy or Gatorade logo among the beveled, flowery flourishes you’d have seen on a Porter Wagoner get-up or Gram Parson’s pot, pills and naked ladies Nudie suit.
All the leather comes straight from Nashville’s own Tandy Leather Co., and Fritz custom-makes everything to order. So, say you wanted a guitar strap design depicting a shamrock, a Black Flag logo and your name—as Deer Tick’s John McCauley recently did—just head to www.Corndawg.com to place your order.
Above: guitar straps made-to-order for members of Deer Tick.