Orville Johnson

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Orville Johnson
Birth name Orville Johnson
Born 1953
Origin Edwardsville, Illinois, United States
Genres Folk
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1973–present
Website orvillejohnson.com

Orville Johnson is an American resonator guitar player and musician, born in 1953 in Edwardsville, Illinois.[1] He came up in the St. Louis, Missouri music scene and now lives in Seattle, Washington.[2] 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.

Johnson made his film debut in Georgia, appearing as a musician.[1]

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 Northwest music scene.[1] He has appeared on over 400 CDs, movie and video soundtracks, and commercials, produced 22 CDs for other artists, and hosted a roots music radio show.[citation needed]

As a music teacher, Johnson 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.[citation needed]




  • 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)


  1. ^ a b c 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. 
  2. ^ 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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