Draft:Brian Calhoun (luthier)

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  • Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: This can be redirected to Chickapig. There isn't much else to say about Calhoun independent from that collaboration. The company he created can also redirect there until there are multiple independently notable games. AngusWOOF (barksniff) 17:20, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: I don't think enough sources cover Calhoun himself, independently of the board game he created. The only source about him specifically is the nbc29 story, which as a local news outlet doesn't carry the same weight as a national or international one. Are there any other sources you can add? Cerebellum (talk) 10:17, 11 October 2019 (UTC)

Brian Calhoun is a luthier and founder of the Rockbridge Guitar company. He is the creator of the board game Chickapig.[1][2]


Calhoun grew up in the countryside of Rockbridge County, VA and relocated to Charlottesville, VA in his early twenties where he founded Rockbridge Guitar, an artisan business crafting high-end acoustic guitars for musicians including Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Brandi Carlile, Warren Haynes, and more.[3]


After playing a board game he deemed boring, Calhoun came up with the idea for the Chickapig game in 2013.[4][5] Guitarist Dave Matthews has partnered with Calhoun to promote the game.[6][7] The game was a finalist for a Toy Association Specialty Toy of the Year award.[8] Chickapig was the top-selling new game on Amazon.com.[9] The Virginia Institute of Autism has adopted the game as a learning tool for teaching social skills.[9] In March 2019, Target Corporation launched Chickapig in its stores, including a children's book and a plush doll.[10] Inspired by children’s excitement surround the characters of book and game, Calhoun created Chickapiglets, a game geared toward younger Chickapig fans which was announced in June 2019.[11]


  1. ^ "Chickapig: Introducing a lighthearted, poop-heavy board game backed by Dave Matthews". EW.com. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  2. ^ Dave Matthews on Friendship with Jennifer Aniston & Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nomination, retrieved 2019-10-31
  3. ^ "Rockbridge Guitars Founders Discuss Rise to Fame". www.nbc29.com. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  4. ^ "A Farm-To-Table Board Game, For Manure Audiences Only". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  5. ^ Baltin, Steve. "Dave Matthews And Brian Calhoun On Making Music And Making Games". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  6. ^ Dave Matthews & Brian Calhoun discuss Chickapig at Walmart, retrieved 2019-10-31
  7. ^ Chickapig; A Wacky, Clever Board Game by Brian Calhoun & Dave Matthews, retrieved 2019-10-31
  8. ^ Emmy Freedman (21 November 2018). "Charlottesville Board Game up for Prestigious Toy Award". NBC29.com.
  9. ^ a b Josh Glicksman (12 October 2017). "Chickapig: Introducing a lighthearted, poop-heavy board game backed by Dave Matthews". Entertainment Weekly. EW.com.
  10. ^ "Head Off the Farm on a New Adventure with This Target-Exclusive Chickapig Gear". Target Brands, Inc. 21 March 2019.
  11. ^ "CHICKAPIGLETS". Chickapig | Farm-To-Table Fun. Retrieved 2019-06-27.