Orville Johnson-Misterioso

9:45 minutes (8.93 MB)

This is a Thelonius Monk tune. It's a live recording from a radio show, Sonarchy, on KEXP-FM in Seattle that usually focuses on avant-garde, outside style jazz. They asked me to do a show and I did some more regular tunes but felt the need to touch on some wacky noise jazz as well. Players are me playing my Guernsey, John Miller on guitar, Paul Elliot on fiddle, and Keith Lowe on bass. I actually cut this down to fit here on reso-nation. The original is 15 minutes long and has a lot more sound exploration leading up to the tune but I needed to cut it to 10MB so I axed about 4 minutes of sound sculpture to pick it up closer to the tune. Its in Bb, no capos.

Orville Johnson-Shenandoah

5:24 minutes (7.43 MB)

I think I tried to post this once before but something effed up and it didn't work. This is from David Lange's CD Almost Home. David is a great recording engineer and a heckuva accordion player. I'm playing my Guernsey dobro and rhythm guitar on my Santa Cruz OM-45. Cary Black is on bass and David is playing accordion and piano. Beautiful song and this version came out right nice.

Disabling downloads cuz its not my album.

Rarity Guernsey for Sale

I was wandering through a few music store sites looking for used instruments and ran across a Guernsey for sale.  You often don't find them for sale so I thought I'd post it for anyone looking for one.  It's at Olde Town Picking Parlor in Colorado.  The home page for the site is

Orville Johnson- Naima

4:34 minutes (5.24 MB)

Late night, snowbound in Seattle, thought i'd throw this out for your consideration. I think I tried to post this a long time ago when the file sizes were smaller and it was too big. Anyway, it's a cut from my someday to be released duet CD, this one with Susan Pascal on vibraphone and me on my Guernsey. The song is a beauty from John Coltrane. It's in Eb and i play the melody in G tuning but lowered my low B to Bb and low G to Eb so I could imitate the pedal tones that the bass player plays on Coltrane's recording during Susan's solo.

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