Orville Johnson

Orville Johnson-Oconee

5:20 minutes (4.89 MB)

Some of you resonationals have seen the youtube of this song that BillyC and I did at Tut's place (In the Tutbro thread). I was visiting Tut to gather material for an article I'm writing about him and before I left home I made a version of this tune arranged for dobro. He wrote it on mandolin and its on the HDS session album. i played it for him and he was tickled to hear it as a dobro piece. Billy came up one day and we were hanging out and picking some and while Tut was out of the room for a minute we started fooling with this tune and Billy copped the harmony line. When Tut came back in he loved hearing it and insisted we video it and throw it up on youtube.

We had a great visit and Tut is very excited about the release of the tribute disc (entitled "Southern Filibuster-a tribute to Tut Taylor). So am i and I think Randy, Billy, JerryD, and  everyone else who played on it would say the same.

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Rayco Stage DeLuxe 2

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I have one other video taken from the same show with me playing the Rayco Stage DeLuxe so I thought I'd throw it up here too. i've got some photos of the guitar (front and back) that I'll try to put up later.

Rayco Stage DeLuxe Acoustic Slide Guitar

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I'm playing a brand new Rayco Stage DeLuxe guitar. Adirondack Spruce top, Indian rosewood back and sides, beautiful flame sunburst. It's patterned somewhat after a 30s Gibson Hawaiian model, basically a dreadnought size body with a wide square neck, built to accept dobro gauge strings and stand up to high-bass G tuning.

It sounds fantastic, loud, incredible sustain, great when I tune it tight to G but even better when I lower it to D or D minor (as in the clip). It's a great alternative lap slide sound that is not like a Weissenborn. I can't say enough good things about it and hey, dobro players, you might NEED one of these to broaden your palette of slidey sounds. No one else is making a guitar like this.

Dobro WkShop Sunday 3/7 in Seattle

For any Seattle folks I'm doing a dobro workshop this Sunday at Dusty Strings. here's a link to the info.


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