There are some musicians that you know one way or another. Yet for a long time you don’t even know their name! Sometimes it is even longer to put a face to the name. And maybe if you are patient enough then you make your way through the music they make! That’s my experience with Jim Campilongo.
I knew this guitarist from his collaboration with Norah Jones in the Little Willies band… But… Well actually I didn’t check his music further! After all most of the time you listen to Norah Jones music because of Norah Jones, and rarely for her musicians! I know that’s bad… Very bad! Even the bravest are lazy sometimes! And I was lazy before being brave!
Anyway! Jim Campilongo showed up on my radar again in 2010 via Billy Penn who ranked him in his top 10 favorite guitarists! Then I watched him in an interview/demo of the Fender Princeton Reverb amplifier! I’ve followed all these breadcrumbs, and they lead me to his music!
While the Little Willies music is a rather conventional jazzy country music, Jim Campilongo’s music shares a lot with Jeff Beck, Roy Buchanan or Marc Ribot approaches to guitar!! His music is mainly instrumental mixing Country, Jazz, and Rock!
Find him on jimcampilongo.com.
Jim Campilongo – Monkey in a Movie
Jim Campilongo – American Hips