The New Yorker — “A Telecaster Master at the Living Room

“...there it was again: the stinging treble, the spooky overtones, the strings snapping and booming under his hands—the sound of a Tele being played as skillfully and exuberantly as it can be played...it sounded like nothing and nobody else—sounded like Jim Campilongo...”

“...rich harmonic textures come across like Cirque du Soleil playing the Grand Ole Opry with some heady downtown jazz landscapes tossed into the mix...”

“...Dream Dictionary is a masterpiece of 21st century guitar-noir...”

“...There's an eyes-half-closed vibe about the song (Here I Am), as a soft and sinister guitar solo sneaks in, gentle and mysterious as rising smoke...”

“....on Dream Dictionary, his patented Telecaster tones take on a greater dimension as he conjures a world of stark harmonics, crushing twang, edgy note selection, and sly humor...

“...Campilongo is an artist freely following the pull of the muse, whether it takes him to dark, haunting corners or inspires him to reel off a light, smile-inducing jaunt...”

“...this nuance-savvy guitarist's new Dream Dictionary contains symbolism to spare...”

“...Campilongo plays like he’s engaging in a long, very personal conversation: It ranges from heated to relaxed, angst-ridden, and even a little flirty—but it’s always fluent, spontaneous and full of nuance, texture, and emotional truth."

“....on Dream Dictionary, his patented Telecaster tones take on a greater dimension as he conjures a world of stark harmonics, crushing twang, edgy note selection, and sly humor...

Billboard Magazine has called Jim Campilongo “an American treasure” while The New Yorker raved that “few guitarists capture the nuances as well as Campilongo does.” Those accolades have deservedly been earned over the course of a career that now sees Campilongo celebrating the release of his tenth album of original material, Dream Dictionary, on iTunes, Amazon and fine record stores everywhere on January 21, 2014.

The prolific Bammie-winner Campilongo has been a formidable presence as a guest on dozens of recordings by other artists as well, including a contribution to Cake’s million-selling Prolonging the Magic to (most recently) providing lead guitar for Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson and the Little Willies, Campilongo’s band with Norah Jones. He's performed or recorded alongside JJ Cale, Nels Cline, Pete Townsend, Bright Eyes, Burning Spear, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings and Peter Rowan to name a few.

Campilongo has also made repeat appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jools Holland and Abbey Road Sessions (both BBC) and has been interviewed on many major radio shows.

Additionally, Campilongo is a published guitar teacher and contributing editor to Guitar Player Magazine. His virtuosity and originality has inspired a generation of guitar players and his songwriting, which draws from blues, country, jazz and rock, boasts a sensitivity and wit that has also earned him a broad fan base most instrumental guitarist never enjoy.

In 2012 Fender Guitars bestowed Jim the honor of the Campilongo Signature Telecaster, a high quality instrument made by Fender’s elite Custom Shop.

Since 2005 the Jim Campilongo Electric Trio has performed every Monday at NYC’s Living Room. Time Out New York recommended the show as “one of the city’s strongest,” and proclaimed, “Monday night means Jim Campilongo.” Over the years, several notable artists have attended his residency, including Emmy Lou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Tilson Thomas, Lou Reed, Linda Thompson, Jim Jarmusch, and Patrick Stewart. Since November 2013, his celebrated weekly residency now takes place at Rockwood Music Hall (NYC).


Jim is a Fender endorser and in 2011- Fender Custom Shop unveiled “THE JIM CAMPILONGO SIGNATURE TELECASTER” ... 

Jim also appears endorsing the Princeton Reverb in the web sensation 300,000 hit video...

Selected MP3s

Backburner, from Orange
When You Wish Upon A Star, from Orange

Cry Me A River, from Heaven Is Creepy

American Hips, from American Hips
Sweet Dreams (featuring Norah Jones), from American Hips

Hamster Wheel, from Heavy

Too Far Gone, from Table For One

Love is a Stranger, from Martha Wainwright’s I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too

Let Me Go (Co-Written by Jim Campilongo), from Cake’s Platinum Record Prolonging The Magic

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