ABOUT Jim Campilongo
Billboard Magazine called Jim Campilongo "an American treasure," an accolade which the guitarist's artistry and influence has earned him. Campilongo's virtuosity and originality has inspired a generation of guitar players. His songwriting uses a palette of the best in blues, country, jazz, and rock, with a sensitivity and wit that has also earned him a broad fan base.
Jim has released 14 solo instrumental guitar LP's since 1996, all receiving rave reviews for their musicality and originality. With albums of original material and guest appearances on dozens of recordings, Campilongo has a wide breadth of experience. His standout collaborations include his contribution on Cake's million-selling Prolonging the Magic, as well as more recently handling lead guitar for The Little Willies, his band with Norah Jones. Campilongo has also played with JJ Cale, Al Anderson, Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, Bright Eyes, and Burning Spear to name a few. He has earned two gold records and written music for national ads by Volkswagen, Michelin, National Grid, and Jack Daniel's.
Campilongo's musical prowess has gained him appearances on popular TV shows like The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Later... with Jools Holland, and Abbey Road Sessions. He has also been interviewed on many major radio shows.
Campilongo is also a published guitar teacher and contributing editor for Guitar Player Magazine. Campilongo's TrueFire instructional video "Sonic Tele" continues to be a best seller, along with his popular "Lessons by Mail," offered on JimCampilongo.com.
In 2013, Fender Guitars bestowed Jim the honor of the Campilongo Signature Telecaster, a high-quality instrument made by Fender's elite Custom Shop. Campilongo is also a featured endorser of D'Addario strings.