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Watch: Musician Travels to Grand Canyon to Play 'Star Spangled Banner' and Result is Incredible

Andrew Suggs, a guitarist from Atlanta, traveled across the country to play the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the Grand Canyon for the Fourth of July.

Wearing an Atlanta Braves baseball jersey and matching ball cap, Suggs stood on the rim of the Grand Canyon for a patriotic performance of the national anthem that has left audiences filled with American pride.

“I took my Gibson Les Paul Goldtop and Vox AC30 to the Grand Canyon to pay homage to our Nation by performing the National Anthem,” Suggs explained on YouTube.

“I plugged straight into the amp and turned it all the way up! I’m from Atlanta so I had to rep my city and my Braves while at the Canyon,” he continued.

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“I’m pretty sure this is American History, being the first person to record the National Anthem on Electric Guitar at The Grand Canyon!”

The sound of his electric guitar echoed through the air as Suggs played against a picturesque scene of red rock cliffs set against a perfectly blue sky.

Suggs later told Fox & Friends that he was looking for ways to produce creative content and the idea of playing at the Grand Canyon came to mind.

“Creative people are just always looking for ways to create content to get their name out there and this was an idea that I had,” Suggs said.

He added that he used the power outlet in his car to turn on his amplifier and set up three separate cameras to create the video.

“It took a lot to pull this off…especially in one take!” Suggs wrote on Instagram. “There was no crew involved so I was juggling 3 cameras plus audio tracking and running electricity off of a vehicle lol! No pedals just Les Paul>Vox Ac30 cranked all the way up!”

Suggs’ hope of making a name for himself seems to have worked, as his video has been viewed millions of times.

In addition to his national appearance on Fox & Friends, Suggs reported that the Atlanta Braves organization has asked him to perform at a baseball game sometime this season.

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On social media, Suggs explained a bit of his thinking as he prepared for the Grand Canyon performance, writing, “I’m not perfect. Neither are you. Neither is our country. But we can still be proud.”

Liftable, a section of The Western Journal, has reached out to Suggs for comment but has not yet received a response. We will update this article if and when we do.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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