Orville Johnson

Orville Johnson is an American resonator guitar player born in 1953 in Edwardsville, Illinois, United States.[1] He came up in the St. Louis, Missouri music scene.[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.

Orville Johnson
Edwardsville, Illinois, U.S.
GenresFolk, blues, jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter
Instrument(s)Guitar, Dobro
Years active1973–present

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 albums, movie and video soundtracks, and commercials, produced 22 albums for other musicians, and hosted a roots music radio show.[citation needed]

Johnson has taught at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop as well as the International Guitar Seminar, Port Townsend Blues Workshop, Euro-Blues Workshop, and B.C. Bluegrass Workshop.[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, Washington: 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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