Longtime Epiphone player and rising country star Jamey Johnson broke into the top 25 on the R & R Country Chart this week with his debut single “The Dollar”. He also made his 4th Grand Ole Opry appearance at a special broadcast from Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, which was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry during the days of honky tonk heroes (and Epiphone players) such as Loretta Lynn and Ernest Tubb.

Jamey played the Opry with his Masterbilt EF-500RA, performing where Hank Williams once stood and wowing the crowd with two songs from his upcoming BNA CD set for release in January 2006. Attending the Opry with Jamey was Epiphone's own Will Jones, a.k.a., Dr. Epiphone who filed this interview for Epiphone.com.

Will: Jamey, hey you were great tonight! The audience is really getting excited about your music!

Jamey: “Yeah, they liked to have blinded me with all the flashbulbs going off.”

Will: You’re blowing up, bubba! You got fans! So I noticed you played your new Masterbilt tonight instead of your sacred EJ-200CE, “Ole Maple”.

Jamey: “The Masterbilt has become my workhorse guitar that I depend on and play every night. I save “Ole Maple” for high-profile gigs like TV and special stuff. I really like the Masterbilt, it sounds great! I like the Baggs pick-up too; it has an authentic acoustic sound like you mic’ed a guitar. Some pick-ups in guitars sound like toys, but the Baggs keeps all that great sound real. Will, I’d also like to give a shout out to my mama down in Huntsville, Alabama who plays nothin’ but Epiphone.”

Will: I didn’t know your mama played guitar!

Jamey: No, (laughs) I’m just kidding, but if she DID play, she’d play nothing but Epiphone!


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