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John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
Bluegrass/Roots Super Group
- Friday, Jan 29, 2016
BOX OFFICE 612-332-5299
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About John Jorgenson
The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band features four legendary musicians: John Jorgenson on guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, guitar and vocals; Jon Randall on guitar and vocals; and Mark Fain on bass.
Music virtuoso John Jorgenson, known for his blistering guitar licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, has earned a reputation as a world-class musician and guitarist who has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan. In addition to acoustic and electric guitars, he is also regularly featured on the saxophone, clarinet, bouzouki, pedal steel, mandolin, vocals and has garnered recognition for contributing to numerous platinum-selling and Grammy-winning albums.
Guitarists (and folks who read liner notes) will be well acquainted with Jorgenson, as his career has already spanned more than three decades and diverse musical styles. First coming to national attention in the mid 1980s as co-founder of successful country-rock act The Desert Rose Band, an eclectic array of artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Bob Seger and Barbara Streisand were drawn to add Jorgenson’s artistry to their own recordings.
In the 1990s The Hellecasters gave audiences a chance to experience John’s fretboard fireworks in an unrestrained venue, and the trio’s three original albums remain favorites of guitarists everywhere. Having been a fan of the Desert Rose Band, Elton John invited Jorgenson to join his band in 1994 for an 18 month tour that stretched into a six-year stint of touring, recording and TV appearances with the British superstar, in addition to collaborations with other artists including Sting and Billy Joel.
Legends like Elton John, Earl Scruggs, and Duane Eddy, along with fellow guitarists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Peter Frampton, and Brad Paisley have sung Jorgenson’s praises. The best way to find out what they already know is to check out this artist who is leaving a lasting legacy in the art of guitar performance.
Herb Pedersen was a member of legendary bluegrass band The Dillards, as well as bluegrass super-group Old and In the Way. His own groups like the Laurel Canyon Ramblers and the Desert Rose Band further illustrate why Pedersen is so respected in the industry. A highly sought after singer and musician, he has played/worked/sang with such music icons as Flatt and Scruggs, Chris Hillman, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Tony Rice, the Kentucky Colonels, Gram Parsons, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Jackson Browne, John Denver, Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, Vince Gill, Stephen Stills, Smokey Grass Boys, John Prine and Kris Kristofferson.
Jon Randall first gained recognition as guitarist for Emmylou Harris’ band, the Grammy-winning Nash Ramblers. He has also toured with Earl Scruggs and Sam Bush; recorded with Harris, Lyle Lovett, Linda Ronstadt and several others; and written several hit songs.
Mark Fain toured and recorded as bass player in the award-winning Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for 13 years. He’s also toured and recorded with Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson, and Dwight Yoakam and has produced many artists in the bluegrass, jazz, country, and gospel genres.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“His dazzling prowess often caused listeners to gasp at the speed and sound.” – All About Jazz
“mastery… favoring melodic invention over fireworks” – Downbeat