Online Lessons Now Available!!

Since the beginning of our pandemic situation, I've taken all my teaching online and can now give lessons to anyone, anywhere in the world! I'm using the ZOOM platform and offering lessons on dobro, lap steel, guitar (finger style blues, flat picking, lead guitar styles) and beginning mandolin. I do half hour lessons for $50USD. I accept payment thru PayPal at

You can email me thru this website and we can talk about how I might be able to help you achieve your goals. I'm happy to work with all levels, from beginner to advanced and my goal is always to lead you to the place where you can teach yourself and give you the confidence and skills to get there. Please get in touch if you think I can help you.


New CD from the Plague Year!! These are songs I've had in the works for years and either never finished, never released, or wanted to remix and/or remaster for improved tone. During this last year and a half of no gigs and lots of free time I finally got to work and put together this collection of seventeen such tunes and here they are. There are many styles represented here, I wrote eleven of the tunes and covered six songs from friends and mentors. Many great musicians and engineers helped me make this and you can find their names over at the CD INFO page.



A new collection with a group of very talented friends! Guitar, harmonica, acoustic bass, dobro, Celtic harp, vibraphone, and banjo all in duet settings with the Ampliphonic guitar as manipulated by Orville J.

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This lovely recording from Orville Johnson is entitled Your Voice Is A Muscle. It's a collection of songs written or co-written by OJ with a couple of Traditional numbers thrown in and one tune written by music buddy Ray Piper (A Lua Do Amazonia). Some songs have been released on previous OJ discs and there are several newly recorded-never released tunes as well. OJ is joined by a distinguished group of see the full credits for the album go to the menu bar to the left and click on CD INFO.


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Hawaii of My Dreams features Casey MacGill's dulcet vocal tones and swinging ukulele, the sultry slide guitar stylings of OJ himself on the Rayco Stage DeLuxe, and the rumbling bass of Matt Weiner on a program of 1930s HapaHaole Hawaiian jazz!!


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New video lessons from an awesome music site,  Peghead Nation! I'm teaching blues guitar and there is a distinguished roster of outstanding instructors for dobro, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and several other guitar styles!!












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Hey Everybody!- You may have noticed my calendar ends at the beginning of the pandemic. finally, three years later, gigs are becoming a reality again and I do have some things on the horizon. I'll begin posting here again soon, so I hope to see you in the near future in a live, human-to-human situation!

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