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
Jamey played the Opry with his
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
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!