Gig: John Jorgenson – Haig House Club, Garston, Liverpool – 21 Aug 2009

Posted on: Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009

John Jorgenson

The Haig House Club, Woolton Road, Garston, Liverpool L19 5NQ

Friday August 21st 2009  Doors 7.30

Tickets – phone 07786 908410

For this concert, John will be backed by three very good friends  who are very talented musicians in their own right, namely Jeff Alan Ross on keyboards, guitar and vocals, Alan Thomson on bass and Jason Smith on drums. They will be playing Rock and Roll, Blues, Country Rock, Bluegrass and many things in between.

Growing up in Southern California, John was playing both the piano and the clarinet by age 8. At 12 he got his first guitar and practiced voraciously while continuing to study classical music on woodwinds.  By age 14, he was playing professionally.  Learning first to play rock guitar, John absorbed other guitar styles as quickly as he discovered them. This broad musical palette has enabled him to play with artists as diverse as Elton John, Sting, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, The Byrds, Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Roy Orbison, George Michael and Benny Goodman.

John Jorgenson first came to national prominence in the USA in the mid 1980’s with The Desert Rose Band, which he co-founded with Chris Hillman of The Byrds. The band earned five # 1 singles and garnered several awards. During this time, John won the ACM’s “Guitarist of the Year” award three consecutive times.  Following the Desert Rose Band, John formed another award-winning group, the virtuosic guitar trio The Hellecasters. Originally conceived as a “one off” gig for fun, the group went on to produce three acclaimed CDs and a live video, winning both “Album of the Year” and “Country Album of the Year” from the readers of Guitar Player Magazine for the stunning debut effort Return of the Hellecasters, released in 1993.

In 1994 Elton John called and invited John on an 18-month world tour. The 18 months stretched into a six-year period that included not only 3 sold out world tours and 2 hit albums, including the record breaking Candle In The Wind tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, but also recordings, television appearances, and collaborations with many other artists including Sting and Billy Joel. In addition to acoustic and electric guitars, John is also superb on saxophone, pedal steel guitar, Bass guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and vocals. He was voted best acoustic guitar player in the USA in 2008, and won a Grammy award at this year’s ceremony.

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