It may not be what you think. Find out the unique reason this band simply had to call themselves the Kalamazoo Collection. 

The "collection" refers to the instruments and "Kalamazoo" is where they were made. The Kalamazoo Collection members all play instruments that were proudly made at the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Look for these:

  • 1928 Gibson soprano ukulele
  • 1966 Gibson acoustic guitar
  • 1941 Gibson mandolin
  • 1966 Epiphone acoustic (made by Gibson)

"Kalamazoo" is an original song written by guitarist Andy Armstrong who calls himself Rusty Gates. Watch as the band performs at The Hoot, a Summer folk festival in New York, close to the original Woodstock site. Here are some of the Kalamazoo lyrics to listen for.

I can't promise you you'll always come through in everything you do.

But one thing that I know, it's true: you'll never be blue in Kalamazoo.

There's no guarantee that things will work out for you and for me.

But one thing that I know, it's true: you'll never be blue in Kalamazoo.

Enjoy the harmony of the Kalamazoo Collection and the sound of the Gibson guitars on this original song saluting our city and don't quit watching before the kazoo solo at 2:47- one more Kalamazoo connection!

Bonus Video: Kalamazoo's Kris Hitchcock Sings "What If"