John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band (pictured L-R): Jon Randall, Mark Fain, John Jorgenson, Herb Pedersen.
Photo by Mike Lawson
NASHVILLE, Tenn (Feb. 4, 2014) — 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
— having collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti,
Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan and more. Regularly featured on acoustic and
electric guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, clarinet, the saxophone, pedal
steel, and vocals, Jorgenson has garnered recognition for contributing
to numerous platinum-selling and GRAMMY Award-winning albums. Currently,
the skillful multi-instrumentalist is heading into the studio with the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band,
his latest collaboration, featuring four legendary musicians: Jorgenson
on guitar, mandolin and vocals; ace bluegrass/folk
songwriter/vocalist/arranger Herb Pedersen (The Dillards, Old And In The Way, Earl Scruggs) on banjo, guitar and vocals; CMA Song of the Year songwriter Jon Randall (Emmylou Harris’ Nash Ramblers) on guitar and vocals; and highly sought after bluegrass veteran Mark Fain (Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder) on bass to record their first music together as a group.
band will be recording new material at Sheryl Crow’s studio in
Nashville, Tennessee, in early February. Their debut album is currently
slated for release in August 2014, surrounding the 10th Annual Guitar
Town Festival, where Jorgenson is “de-facto” creative director and plays
a major role in handpicking some of the world’s most talented virtuoso
guitarists to perform at the annual event.This is a highly anticipated
debut effort from the four all-stars, who have been touring as a group
since last July. Barry Mazor of Street Journal
proclaims, “As their early shows are making excitingly clear to anyone
who wouldn’t already count on it, just hearing the line-up of artists
involved, the new John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band combines an
extraordinary amount of top caliber talent in one place, instrumental
and vocal aces and hit-writing songwriters deeply experienced not only
in bluegrass, but in hardcore country, rock and jazz, with a deep
combined songbook to draw on and take off from at will—which they do.”

addition to recording their first album as a group, the John Jorgenson
Bluegrass Band is preparing for several major tour dates this year,
including a tour of Norway and the UK, performances at the annual
RockyGrass Festival in Lyons, Colorado; and headlining the Guitar Town
Festival in Copper Mountain, Colorado. The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
made its Grand Ole Opry debut last October.

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