Virtuoso guitarist, John Jorgenson, who has worked with artists as diverse as the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Sting, Bob Dylan and Luciano Pavarotti is about to embark on a tour of Europe with his own band.
The John Jorgeson Electric Band which also comprises of Alan Thomson on bass (John Martyn, Andy Summers, Julia Fordham) Cesare Valbusa on drums (Albert Lee, James Burton, Tommy Emmanuel) Franz Bazzani on keyboards (Sousaphonix, James Burton) play an eclectic and original mix of music heavily influenced by John's 'Gypsy Jazz' style (The John Jorgenson Quintet is the only US act to headline the prestigious Django Reinhardt Memorial Festival in France). The month long tour kicks off in Italy on 30th April, and will also take in dates in Germany and Scotland.
For this series of shows John was looking for a fixed bridge guitar. "I was really impressed with my friend Jerry Donahue's Fret-King Black Label FKJVBK I tried out at NAMM Show," says John (John was a member of The Hellecasters alongside Jerry Donahue and Will Ray). "It played and sounded excellent. I was curious to try Jerry's pickup and electronics setup on a semi acoustic body and rosewood fingerboard…"
Over to guitar guru and Fret-King designer Trev Wilkinson who set to work putting together a unique, one-off Fret-King Black Label Series Country Squire Semitone guitar to John's specs within a couple of weeks in time to ship it out to Verona, Italy for the first show.
An enthusiastic John emailed over:
"The guitar arrived safely and it's fantastic! I used it last night for a short performance and it sounded and played really well. Tonight I'll give it more if a workout on a full show and let you know my other thoughts, but first impression I love it!!"
UK fans will also get a second chance to catch John in action with his Bluegrass band when he returns in July for a series of dates
The John Jorgenson Electric band tour dates are as follows
May 01, 2014, 7:00 PM Teatro Modena Via Dante Alighieri, 18, 33057 Palmanova Udine, Italy
May 02, 2014, 8:00 PM Moskito Rock 'n' Roll Bar Via Ninfea 82 25049 Iseao (Brescia)
May 03, 2014, 8:00 PM Club Giordano Lugagnano VR Italy
May 04, 2014, 6:00 PM Flumignano (UD)
May 06, 2014, 9:00 PM Club il Bocciodromo Vicenza, Italy
May 08, 2014, 8:00 PM Jimmy's Cafe Altdorf, Germany
May 09, 2014, 9:00 PM The Village Habach, Germany
May 10 2014, 9:00 PM The Rainbow Immenstadt
May 15, 2014, 9:00 PM Backstage at the Green Hotel Kinross, Scotland UK
May 17, 2014, 9:00 PM Seafield Hotel Campbelltown, Scotland UK
May 18, 2014, 9:00 PM Backstage at the Green Hotel Kinross, Scotland UK
May 19, 2014, 7:30 PM The Record Factory Glasgow, Scotland UK
May 21, 2014, 8:00 PM South Beach Hotel · South Beach · Troon · Ayrshire · KA10 6EG