Orville Johnson and his Ampliphonic Guitar​-​Duets

by Orville Johnson

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Blue Finger 03:01
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Marie 03:21
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Oh My Joy 04:24
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Naima 04:22
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about

Originally released in 2019

What a blessing it is to have friends like the group of masterful musicians who have honored me with their presence on this recording. I give an extra hosanna to John Knowles who started me off on this duet idea when we cut Somewhere from West Side Story for my Freehand album in 2001. We reconvened shortly thereafter to wax three more duets, two of which appear here. After gathering a few more tracks with just the dobro paired with guitar I got the urge to cast the dobro with different instruments in such a stark setting and hear them sing together.

I can’t thank everyone enough for taking time from their busy touring, teaching, and recording schedules to hang with me and make these songs. It was fun to come up with tunes that I thought might suit the artists and their instruments and I hope you enjoy the results. I don’t have space here to give you each artist’s resume, but suffice it to say they are all fantastic players and, with just a little bit of Googling their names, you’ll find websites that will lead you to discover all sorts of wonderful music they have created.

Re: the bonus track # 12…I played on some tunes with Dan Tyack and Darick Campbell for a project of Dan’s. I later asked him how things were going with that project and he offered to let me use my favorite cut from that session here. I love the Elwa Ramble and chose it for this recording. There are four of us playing so, to stick with the theme, let’s just say it’s two duets at once!

credits

released March 13, 2020

Produced by Orville Johnson
Recorded by David Lange
Mixed at David Lange Studios, Edgewood WA
except Elwa Ramble-mixed at The SunRoom, Seattle WA
Additional Engineering by- Danny Barnes, Tom Keenlyside, Neville Pearsall, and Garey Shelton
Mastered by Garey Shelton
Art and Design by Michael DuPille
Photos of OJ by Dennis Dudley and Roz Powell

The ampliphonic guitars played by OJ on this recording were a 2002 Guernsey, 2004 Rayco, and a 1937 Style 45 Dobro

Special Thanks to- Parry Marston, Dan Tyack, John and Becky Knowles, Ivan Guernsey, Mark Thibeault, the Dopyera Bros., Stuart Brune, Jake's Musical Instruments and Antique Furniture

The Players

Orville Johnson- ampliphonic guitar on all tracks
1. John Knowles guitar
2. Mark Graham harmonica
3. Rene Worst acoustic bass
4. Danny Barnes banjo
5. John Knowles guitar
6. Woody Mann guitar
7. Patrice HAAN Celtic harp
8. Mike Dowling guitar
9. John Miller guitar
10. Sally Van Meter resophonic guitar
11. Susan Pascal vibraphone
12. Dan Tyack National guitar, Darick Campbell DeNeve dobro, John Miller guitar

The Songs

1. Blue Finger (Jerry Reed)
2. Mongrel’s Dream (PD arr. Johnson-Graham)
3. Good Bye Porkpie Hat (Charles Mingus)
Recorded by Tom Keenlyside
4. Foggy Mountain Rock (Josh Graves)
Recorded by Danny Barnes at Minner Bucket Studio
5. Marie (Randy Newman)
6. Mean Old World (PD arr W.Mann)
7. Oh My Joy (Patrice HAAN)
8. Jitterbug Waltz (Fats Waller arr. M.Dowling)
Recorded at Synergy Sound by Neville Pearsall
9. Lakes of Pontchetrain (PD arr Johnson-Miller)
10. Tex Mex Shindig (Bill Emerson)
Recorded at Synergy Sound by Neville Pearsall
11.Naima (John Coltrane)
12. Elwa Ramble (Dan Tyack)
Recorded at Garey Shelton Studio

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Orville Johnson Seattle, Washington

Orville Johnson was raised in the Illinois heartland. He acquired his love of singing as a youth in the fundamentalist Pentecostal church he attended and, when he later began playing guitar and dobro, responded to the roots music that surrounded him by learning to play the blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, and country music that are all part of the mosaic that characterizes his own mongrel music. ... more

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