Orville Johnson and his Ampliphonic Guitar-Duets

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!

 

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

Ampliphonic guitars played- Guernsey, Rayco, 1937 Dobro Style 45

 

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

 

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 Hahn)

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

 

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 Hahn 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

 

 

Orville Johnson- Your Voice Is A Muscle

Welcome to those of you who have received my sampler CD Your Voice Is a Muscle. I pressed it with a simple jacket that didn't have room for all the musician and recording credits so I've collected those here for you. The collection has some tunes that have been previously released and some that are newly recorded. I hope you've enjoyed the collection and here's the info...

All instruments and vocals by OJ except as noted.

1. Your Voice Is a Muscle  3:58

All parts-OJ • recorded at The SunRoom Seattle WA

2. Blueprint for the Blues   3:56

Piano-Barney McClure Vocals-Jo Miller & Kim Scanlon • recorded at Egg Studio Seattle WA Conrad Uno eng. and at David Lange Studio Edgewood WA David Lange eng.

3. A Lua Do Amazonia (Ray Piper) 5:19

Piano-Jovino Santos Neto  Bass- Guil Grimares  Drums- Mark Ivester • recorded at David Lange Studio Edgewood WA David Lange eng.

4. When Love Has Gone Away 3:28

All parts-OJ • recorded at The SunRoom Seattle WA

5. Always Something 3:22

Tuba-Paul Woltz  Clarinet-Mark Graham • recorded at David Lange Studio Edgewood WA David Lange eng.

6. Rocky Road (Trad.) 3:49

Bass-Keith Lowe  Vibraphone-Susan Pascal • recorded at David Lange Studio Edgewood WA David Lange eng.

7. Rainy City Blues 3:11

Bass-Brian Williams • recorded at Synergy Sound Port Townsend WA Neville Piersall eng. and at David Lange Studio Edgewood WA David Lange eng.

8. The Sleeper 5:31

Bass-Keith Lowe  Clarinet-Mark Graham  Percussion-Will Dowd • recorded at David Lange Studio Edgewood WA David Lange eng.

9. Still Goin’ Strong (OJ & Mark Graham BMI) 2:53

Bass-Keith Lowe  Harmonica-Mark Graham  Fiddle-Tim O'Brien • recorded at David Lange Studio Edgewood WA David Lange eng.

10. I Never Will Marry (Trad.) 4:42

All parts-OJ • recorded at The SunRoom Seattle WA

11. Come Back Baby (Trad.) 5:24

Clarinet-Mark Graham  • recorded at David Lange Studio Edgewood WA David Lange eng.

12. Farewell (OJ & Jim Krapf) 5:00

Pedal Steel-Kevin Engbretson • recorded at The SunRoom Seattle WA

13. Waggy Tail 3:10

Bass-Rob Moitoza  Drums-Will Dowd  Flute-Craig Flory  Organ-Ron Weinstein • recorded  at David Lange Studio Edgewood WA David Lange eng.

Mastered by Garey Shelton

Artwork & Design by Charmaine Slaven

Photo by Robert Runge

All songs by Orville Johnson BMI except as noted.

Heartfelt thanks to all the musicians, engineers, singers, and friends who helped me make these recordings. Special thanks to Parry Marston.

OrvilleJ Radio

Join the Mailing List

Find out what's happening!

Orville J