|Birth name||Orville Johnson|
|Origin||Edwardsville, Illinois, United States|
Orville Johnson is an American resonator guitar player and musician, born in 1953 in Edwardsville, Illinois. He came up in the St. Louis, Missouri music scene and now lives in Seattle, Washington. A frequent session musician, he also has released a number of solo and group albums. He has appeared on the radio show A Prairie Home Companion and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on television.
He is a singer, instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, session player, and teacher. As his entry in the Encyclopedia of Northwest Music (Sasquatch Press 1999) states, he has become a vital figure on the NW music scene in the thirty-some years he's lived there, appearing on over 400 CDs, movie and video soundtracks, commercials, producing 22 CDs for other artists, and hosting a roots music radio show.
Orville is also known as a patient and insightful teacher of music and has taught often at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop as well as the International Guitar Seminar, Pt. Townsend Blues Workshop, Euro-Blues Workshop, B.C. Bluegrass Workshop and others. He has several teaching videos and DVDs and CDs of his own music available.
- Music by A Country Band (1973)
- The World According to Orville (1990)
- Orville Johnson and Scott Weiskopf (1993)
- Kings of Mongrel Folk (1997) with Mark Graham[disambiguation needed]
- Blueprint for the Blues (1998)
- Slide & Joy (1999)
- Freehand (2003)
- Still Goin' Strong (2004) with Mark Graham
- Together in Las Vegas (2005) with John Cephas and Woody Mann
- Deceiving Blues (2006) with John Miller and Grant Dermody
- The Sweeter the Juice (2009) with Laura Love
- Southern Filibuster:A Tribute to Tut Taylor (2010) produced by Jerry Douglas
- "We Heard the Voice of a Pork Chop" (2012) Johnson, Miller & Dermody
- "Bitter Truth" (2013) The Kings of Mongrel Folk™
- Intro To Lead Guitar (DVD)
- Resophonic Guitar for Beginners, Vols. 1&2 (DVDs)
- Tips,Tricks, and Techniques for Dobro, Vols. 1&2 (DVDs)
- Getting Started in Open D Tuning (DVD)
- Getting Started with Bottleneck Slide Guitar (DVD)
- Bush, James (1999). Encyclopedia of Northwest Music: From Classical Recordings to Classic Rock Performances, Your Guide to the Best of the Region. Seattle, Wash: Sasquatch Books. pp. 247–248. ISBN 1-57061-141-6.
- Hartt, Jordan. "Make Your Guitar Sing: An Interview with Orville Johnson". Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-10-30.
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