Artists: John Jorgenson
Although John is
maybe best known for his guitar work with bands such as the Desert Rose Band and
his group, The Hellecasters, John is also proficient in the mandolin family
instruments including the Greek bouzouki, and mandocello, Dobro, pedal steel,
piano, upright bass, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone.
While a member of the Desert Rose Band, John won the Academy of Country Music’s "Guitarist of the Year" award three consecutive years.
Jorgenson has also recorded or toured with many artists including Elton John, The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Hank Williams Jr., Barbra Streisand, Luciano Pavarotti, Roy Orbison, Patty Loveless, Michael Nesmith and Bonnie Raitt. John was Elton John’s lead guitarist and saxophonist for 7 years!
John’s band The Hellecasters, with their debut album, Return of the Hellecasters, released in 1993, won both the "Album of the Year" and "Country Album of the Year" awards from Guitar Player Magazine.
John is considered by many to be the finest American ambassador for Django Rheinhardt style Gypsy Jazz. Jorgenson continues to perform and tour with his own gypsy jazz ensemble, John Jorgenson Quintet. The band's members are John Jorgenson (lead guitar), Doug Martin (rhythm guitar), Jason Anick (violin), Simon Planting (bass) and Rick Reed (percussion).
In 2004 John portrayed the legendary Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt for the film, Head in the Clouds. Jorgenson’s performance was praised worldwide.
John is also a patron for Guitar-X (Tech Music Schools) in London, which he regularly visits to hold master classes for the students.
On the 2008 Brad Paisley album Play, an album that was mostly instrumental, John was a part of the song "Cluster Pluck" and collaborated with Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert and Steve Wariner for the song. The tune won a Grammy award in the Best Country Instrumental Performance category.
John has been one of my favorite guitarists for many years and I am honored to have been able to build a Buddy Holly J-45 guitar for him. Upon receiving his Roberts J-45, he made the comment that he “generally finds acoustic guitars to have a very pleasing bass and mid range register but is almost across the board disappointed with the balance, especially in the plain treble strings where he finds that the notes are wimpy and subdued and lack sustain as you move up the neck compared to the other strings.” He said of the Roberts J-45 that it “Sounds great and has incredible balance that extends through the treble strings and all the way up the neck.” I am thrilled to have been able to build for John and incredibly gratified to have my guitar receive such praise. Thanks John!