The Hellecasters

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The Hellecasters are an American guitar group. Composed of noted session players Will Ray, John Jorgenson (Desert Rose Band, and Elton John's backup band), and Jerry Donahue (Fairport Convention), they all play modified versions of the Fender Telecaster as their main instruments.

In 1988, Will Ray produced an album named "Hollywood Roundup", featuring an assortment of local musicians. One of the instrumentals included several of his acquaintances (John Jorgenson, Jerry Donahue, Jeff Ross, and Billy Bremner) who recorded the track under the name of "Candye Kane and the Super Pickers".

According to Jerry Donahue, after running into Will Ray in 1990 at the Palomino, he proposed that they play a set together at an open-mike session at the same club. Will Ray then asked John Jorgenson to join them so as to have three-part harmonies. Their name was coined by John Jorgenson, though its meaning is obscure. Michael Nesmith of the Monkees attended their April 1991 show and subsequently signed them to his record label. Their first two albums, The Return of the Hellecasters and Escape from Hollywood, were released by Nesmith's Pacific Arts Audio label.[1] [2][3]



Year Title Label
1993 The Return of the Hellecasters Pharaoh
1994 Escape from Hollywood Pharaoh
1997 Hell 3: New Axes to Grind Pharaoh
2002 Essential Listening 1 Hightone

Multi-artist collections[edit]

Year Title Label
2000 Guitars That Rule the World Vol 2 - Smell the Fuzz - The Superstar Guitar Album Metal Blade


  1. ^ "Let It Rock: Interview with Jerry Donahue". Let It Rock. January 2006. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Early Blues Interview John Jorgenson, guitar/vocals, John Jorgenson Quintet". Early Blues. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  3. ^ "The Beginning". Retrieved 26 October 2015.

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