July 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Guitar Town’s “De Facto” Creative Director Returns for Both 
Acoustic and Electric Day Joined by Fellow Top Guitar Pickers 
Jerry Douglas Band, Coco Montoya, Tony Joe White, Jake Shimabukuro, Bill Kirchen, Pete Huttlinger, Mark Selby Band, 
Rory Hoffman, Carl Verheyen, Daniel Donato, Josh Nordlund

Nashville, Tenn.— 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. Currently, Jorgenson is gearing up for the ninth annual Guitar Town Festival in The Village at Copper Mountain, Colorado.

As “de facto” creative director of Guitar Town, Jorgenson has helped handpick some of the very best guitarists in the world to join him for a star-studded display of guitar virtuosity. Jorgenson, however, is the only artist who performs headlining sets amongst the world’s top guitar pickers on both acoustic andelectric guitar-themed days with his Quintet and Electric Band, respectively. This weekend of events – officially billed Guitar Town featuring John Jorgenson – will feature fascinating live performances, stunning all-star jams and revealing Q&A guitar workshops with Jorgenson and others.

Jorgenson won the ACM's "Guitarist of the Year" award three consecutive times when he first came to national prominence in the mid 1980's with The Desert Rose Band. Co-founded with Chris Hillman, the band earned five #1 singles and garnered several awards. Audiences can still catch The Desert Rose Band on the road during select dates throughout the year, but Jorgenson has most recently been focused on his famed gypsy jazz style of playing. Known as The U.S. Ambassador of Gypsy Jazz, the John Jorgenson Quintet is the only American act to ever headline the prestigious Django Reinhardt Memorial Festival in France, and has been featured at other "Djangofests" in the U.S., UK, Germany and Canada. For the films, Gattica and Head in the Clouds, Jorgenson was tapped to recreate Django's music, and in the latter had the privilege of appearing onscreen as Django alongside stars Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz.

Jorgenson continues to expand his dynamic range of musical offerings, exploring new elements of world music, bluegrass, rock and classical as he captivates and enlightens fellow musicians and listeners along the way. Touring with multiple musical configurations such as the Desert Rose Band, the John Jorgenson Quintet, the John Jorgenson Electric Band and the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, Jorgenson will play dates across the U.S. and Europe. Each permutation allows him to make prodigious use of his mastery of many instruments; no matter which band Jorgenson is playing with, his brilliant guitar work leads the way with music that is a combination of groundbreaking playing full of soaringmelodies and driving rhythms. His contribution is utterly one of a kind.

John Jorgenson will spend the remainder of 2013 expanding the popularity of his beloved gypsy jazz while experimenting with genres of bluegrass, rock and classical stylings. At performances of the John Jorgenson Quintet, audiences are awestruck by not only Jorgenson’s skillful guitar playing, but the solo clarinet and bouzouki as well. Additional highlights for this year include a special guest feature during Peter Frampton’s 2013 Guitar Circus tour with Robert Cray at multiple shows and select domestic and international dates as lead guitarist for Elton John. As Jorgenson continues his string of performances throughout 2013, critics and fans alike are sure to be astounded by his mastery of music. Djangobooks perfectly articulates, “If he comes around, don’t miss him. The show is golden. The music soars.”



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