Posts Tagged ‘guitar’


August 27, 2010

Ok, I know. It’s been kind of like “the boy who cried wolf”! I’ve announced (prematurely) several times over the last year “Hey, everybody, I just finished my first solo album! It’s coming out soon!

Oooops.  Didn’t happen.

Why? Well, for all of those predictable “artistic” reasons….”Oh, those artists!“….No, seriously, we added songs, subtracted songs, mixed and remixed, our producer Warren Hibbert went off on a safari….(ha,ha!), I lost my shoes on the way to a session, an elephant ate my lyrics, a monkey named Fred stole (borrowed) my Felix guitar   … er….  uh….   uh…  well….

Actually, we just weren’t really finished.  But, hey, if you are still interested, it’s done!!!! And it’s on iTunes for your listening pleasure, if you are so inclined.  It’s a compendium (I think that’s the word that means a varied selection) of many styles of songs I’ve written and performed along with the help of many of my friends and OUTSTANDING musicians: Elliott Randall, Laurence Juber, Jimmy Young, Bob Babbitt, James Montgomery, Gloria Gaynor, Karl Latham, Lance Quinn, Rachel Allyn, Maci Schneider, Chip Davis, Chris Leuzinger, Larry Franklin, Russell Velaquez, Daniel Sadownick, Polly B, Kevin Humphris, Charlie DeChant, Heady Hustla, Pat Severs, Mike Franklin, Kirsten Thien, Susan Didrichsen, and me…. I feel blessed to have them all playing on the record.  It was mixed by Warren Hibbert and Grammy winners John Seymore and Obie O’Brien (Bon Jovi’s engineer). After so many years working as a writer, musician, producer, arranger, publisher, and chief bottle washer on so many other artists’ ‘records’ (an older person’s name for CDs), I decided to take the plunge and do a solo album, if for no other reason, for posterity and for my friends and family… aw, how sweet…..Actually, I’m expecting to sell millions and go on tour with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr…  I’d even sit in with them if they wanted!  LOL …. All kidding aside (I know you’re saying “yeah, right“), really, I am proud of this record and all of my friends who helped to make it come to fruition.  Warren Hibbert (The easiest man on Earth to agree with) did a fantastic job producing the record.  The list of who’s who who (when have you ever seen ‘who’ three times in a row?  For that reason alone you should listen to the CD) are playing on these tracks read like a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame menu.  You can preview the songs on iTunes, if you like it you can order it.  If not, you can just keep playing the previews over and over again.  Not the easiest thing to do at parties, but, hey, it’s been done.  Trust me!  Ha,ha….

So when you get a chance, let me know what you think about my album WHEN YOU GOTTA GO, YOU GOTTA GO …and yes, that is me on the cover, and that’s my sister Joan looking and laughing from the passenger seat of my Dad’s ’51 Studebaker.

Peace through music

Don O


Felix and the Summer NAMM show

April 16, 2010

Well, it’s getting closer and closer….what, you say??  The launching of Oriolo Guitars.  We have been developing a line of ukes, electric, and acoustic guitars for the last year or so.  It’s all pretty exciting I have to say.  It’s combining my two favorite things (aside from my kids, and my dog, and my horses and…well, you get it!) ….Felix the Cat and guitars.  I get all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it….

I didn’t just say that did I????

Yup… a lot of the designs will be adorned with all brand new wacky Felix art… as well as having some very unique body shapes and colors…and on and on.  Here’s a picture of the new three-quarter size Felix electric guitar and you can click on the photos for videos of Warren and I playing it.It plays as good as it looks.  We’re actually displaying all of the guitars and ukes at the Summer NAMM show this June in Nashville, Tennessee.  By all means, if you’re down there around the 18th of June come in and visit our booth.  I know that both Felix fans and guitar players of all ages are going to want to have one of these guitars to play…and/or just look at.  That’s what I do with them!  In fact, I’m running out of wall space between guitars and paintings hanging all over here in the studio and at home….But then again,  I can’t think of any better use for wall space…can you?  Haha! I mean,  it is only a wall!  You can visit our website at or join us on Facebook at Oriolo Guitars.  I’ll keep you posted as things progress…


Don O