The Hellecasters are an American guitar group. Composed of Guitar Virtuosos Will Ray, John Jorgenson (Desert Rose, Elton John's backup band), and Jerry Donahue (Fairport Convention), they all play modified versions of the Fender Telecaster as their main instruments. Their name, it has been speculated, comes from a pun, wherein they claim to play the hell out of their Telecasters. They came together at the behest of Michael Nesmith of the Monkees to record an album. Their first two albums, The Return of the Hellecasters and Escape from Hollywood, were released by Nesmith's Pacific Arts Audio label.