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 sees Campilongo celebrating his tenth album of original material, released 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 upon him the honor of launching 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).