Jim Campilongo

Jim Campilongo


Jim's signature guitar instrumentals are gloriously twisted, soul-searching and defy imitation. Audiences are struck by his trios ability to mix twang, jazz, rich melodies, country and western swing into a sound that expands the vocabulary of Americana music.


NYC-based Americana guitarist Jim Campilongo (Camp-ill-long-o) has performed with Martha Wainwright, Norah Jones and Billboard has called him an “American treasure” for his guitar playing. His trio is one of the few bands to connect the dots between roots, swing, rockabilly, jazz and country twang.

Jim’s track record includes seven albums of original material as well as guest appearances on dozens of recordings – from the Bammie-winner’s contribution on Cake’s million-selling “Prolonging the Magic” to the critically acclaimed side project with Norah Jones called The Little Willies (2006).

Campilongo is a San Francisco native who is influenced by Chet Atkins, Roy Buchanan, Muddy Waters, Iggy and The Stooges and Billy Strayhorn. In 2002, Campilongo moved to New York, where he formed his Electric Trio. The trio plays every each Monday night at NYC The Living Room, a residency that Time Out New York calls “one of the city’s best.”

In 2007, Campilongo recorded his album Heaven is Creepy (2007), which The New York Times awarded 4 out of 4 stars. Look for Campilongo’s new album to be released in August 2009 and he will be playing festivals this summer and Europe in the fall.


TBD (September 2009)
Almost Christmas (2008)
The Little Willies by The Little Willies (2006)
Heaven Is Creepy (2006)
American Hips (2003)
Heavy (2000)
Live at the DuNord (2000)
Table For One (1998)
Loose (1997)

Set List

The Prettiest Girl in New York
Monkey in a Movie
Cross My Heart
One Mean Eye
I'm Helen Keller, You're a Waffle Iron
Blues for Roy
Chelsea Bridge and many more