...was born and raised in the southern Illinois heartland. He 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.

He is a singer, instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, session player, teacher, and, above all, an instinctive and sensitive musician. As his entry in the Encyclopedia of Northwest Music (Sasquatch Press 1999) states, he has become a vital figure on the NW music scene in the twenty-some years he’s lived there, appearing on over 400 CDs, movie and video soundtracks (most recently the film The Wooly Boys with Peter Fonda and the PBS series Frontier House), commercials, producing 15 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.

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, EuroBlues Workshop, Greater Yellowstone Music Camp, B.C. Bluegrass Workshop and others. He has several instructional DVDs, writes for Fretboard Journal and is a contributing editor at Acoustic Guitar magazine, and has CDs of his own music available including Blueprint for the Blues, Slide & Joy, Freehand, and others. Check his website at...


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