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Orville Johnson is a Seattle-based singer, instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, session player, teacher, and, above all, instinctive and sensitive musician. As his entry in the Encyclopedia of Northwest Music states, Orville “has become a vital figure on the NW music scene in the 30-some years he’s lived there, appearing on over 400 CDs, movie and video soundtracks, commercials, producing 22 CDs for other artists, hosting a roots music radio show, and appearing in the 1997 film Georgia with Jennifer Jason-Leigh and Mare Winningham, on the Prairie Home Companion radio show and on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.

Born and raised in the southern Illinois heartland, Orville acquired his love of singing as a youth in the fundamentalist Pentecostal church he attended and, when he later began playing guitar and dobro, responded to the roots music that surrounded him by learning to play the blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, and country music that are all part of the mosaic that characterizes his own mongrel music.

Orville is also known as a patient and insightful teacher of music and has taught often at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop as well as the International Guitar Seminar, Pt. Townsend Blues Workshop, Euro-Blues Workshop, B.C. Bluegrass Workshop and others.

Orville teaches Peghead Nation's Blues Guitar course. Whether you want to play fingerstyle, slide, or blues lead, or all three, Orville will set you on the right path

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May 19, 2015
The embodiment of blues music took audiences on a soulful ride with his lyrical guitar style and one-of-a-kind voice.
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August 10, 2014
Welcome to my Blues Guitar course at Peghead Nation.
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June 27, 2014
I own a few different guitars, but this 1930s Gibson L-50 guitar is particularly good for blues playing. Originally designed by Gibson as a budget model, the L-50 has a carved spruce top and birch back and sides. Check it out in this video.
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Apr 01, 2020
Taylor Guitars rolls out a promotion so you can add a Baby, Academy Series, or GS Mini for just $99 with the purchase of select Taylor Guitars.

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One Course: $20/month or $200/year
Two Courses: $30/month or $300/year
Access to All Courses: $100/month

Peghead Nation’s String School is your source for roots music instruction, bringing you full courses in guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, fiddle, and Dobro, featuring talented instructors, high-quality video instruction, accurate notation and tab, and fun songs to play right from the beginning. Enroll and become a Peghead today!