Orville Johnson

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Ghost Picker (Tut Taylor)

This is from the album Southern Filibuster: A Tribute to Tut Taylor. Mr. Taylor is a pioneer of the dobro guitar. Jerry Douglas, modern day king of the dobro, produced this loving tribute to his music and invited 13 other dobro masters to join in this wonderful task. I am honored to be part of the cast and this is my selection, Ghost Picker. We all chose which songs we wanted to do and, amazingly enough, there were no conflicts! We all got to do our favorite Tut Taylor songs! Here’s mine.

The Kings of Mongrel Folk™

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Still Goin’ Strong (Mark Graham-Orville Johnson)

The title song from the 2nd CD from The Kings of Mongrel Folk™ (aka Mark Graham and Orville Johnson). Co-written by the Kings, it is a life affirming tale of survival and triumph of sorts. Special guest Tim O'Brien joins in on fiddle and Keith Lowe propels the number with acoustic bass. Mark on harmonica and vocals and I played everything else and sang.

Orville Johnson & Casey MacGill

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I Feel Fine (Lennon-McCartney)

Casey and I made this track for a website  thebeatlescompleteonukelele.com and we dug the way it came out so much I'd like to offer it here for your perusal as well.

Orville Johnson & Laura Love

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When He Calls Me (Trad.)

From The Sweeter the Juice with Laura Love and myself. A lot of spiritual music on this disc. This one is dedicated to Howard Armstrong, the great blues fiddler also known as Louie Bluie, from whom I learned this tune. Thanks, Howard!

The Kings of Mongrel Folk™

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After the Fall (Mark Graham)

Another cut from the Kings of Mongrel Folk™ disc Still Goin' Strong, this illustrates the struggle to rise from downtrodden despair to claim a resounding victory versus the travails of love and longing. Perseverance furthers. Crossing the great water brings success.

Orville Johnson

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So What (Miles Davis)

This is an unreleased live version of this Miles Davis classic with me on Supro lap steel, Tom Kellock on piano, Mark Ivester on drums and Garey Shelton on bass. We were playing a concert accompanying singer Mia Vermillion and she featured the band on this number.

Orville Johnson

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Today (John Hartford)

A hopeful bromide painting a Zen picture of the grooviness of the here and now from the pen of John Hartford. I am a joyful mouthpiece for its sentiments.

Orville Johnson

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Bad Self (John Miller)

This song, written by John Miller, is my personal favorite track off my Slide & Joy CD. You can almost see this doofus strutting along and gittin' down with his bad self.

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    Tim Noah's Thunmbnail Theater,  Snohomish
     
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    Old Edison Inn,  Bow
     

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