KK: You are known for playing Dreadnought body guitars yet there is some imagery of you playing a smaller triple O size Martin. Can you tell us when you choose to play the smaller guitars?
JC: Well, it's usually because I am looking for that sweeter sound. There is a song that I recorded with Eric Weissberg. It's called So Early in the Spring. It is the most beautiful duet of guitars that I've heard. The two guitars are just dancing along together, with the notes in harmony with each other.
I guess because I already played Martin guitars I was invited to go down to the Martin Guitar Company in Nazareth, Pennsylvania to celebrate the opening of their new factory in 1964. There is a photograph of me and Tom Paxton standing on the loading dock playing and singing. I have on this little dress with a slip under it and my slip is showing, which I just love! I mean it's so not '60's, you know? Who wore a dress with a slip playing a Martin guitar? Not Johnny Cash, not Maybell Carter, that's for sure!!
Well they made guitars for us (Tom Paxton) in 1964 and after returning to New York my guitar was stolen out of my road managers station wagon. I've searched for that guitar for decades.
Lot 3 was presented to Judy Collins by Dick Boak of C.F. Martin and Company to commemorate the opening of the Martin Guitar Museum on October 25, 2006 and to replace that first guitar she was given back in 1964.