Recording Sessions:

I've played on well over 500 CDs, commercials, video and movie soundtracks, and various software and gaming applications. To name a few, CDs for Laura Love, Ranch Romance, Laurie Lewis, Sylvia Herold, Jim Page, Jerry Douglas; soundtracks for movies; Georgia (Mare Winningham, Jennifer Jason-Leigh), The Wooly Boys (Peter Fonda), Georgia Rule (Jane Fonda, Lindsey Lohan) TV; Frontier House (PBS), Software; Complete Encyclopedia of Baseball and Musical Instruments of the World (Microsoft). I can play dobro, lap steel, weissenborn guitar, electric and acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, and sing lead and harmony vocals for your session. For prices and scheduling contact me at

You can also work with me thru the website SoundBetter. It's a clearing house for session musicians, mixers, engineers, etc. and I've done work there for folks from all over the world. Look me up at


Producing CDs:

I've produced more than 20 CDs for other artists as well as all my own discs. It's a fascinating process which I regard as advanced problem solving. Each album presents different challenges, involving playing, arranging, engineering, mixing, emotional support,  practicing psychology and combinations of many or all of these. I've worked in several genres (bluegrass, singer-songwriter, rock, blues, etc.) If you need a producer for your project let's talk. For consultation, prices, and scheduling contact me at

In engineer Bill Vorndick's Nashville studio with guitarist Russ Barenberg and bassist Barry Bales (Alison Kraus' band)


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Orville Johnson

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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