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American Hips Jim Campilongo Electric Trio

by Jim Campilongo

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Michelle 04:44
Like, Hello 01:48


Vintage Guitar Magazine on American Hips
".... To say Jim Campilongo is a unique guitar player is like saying James Brown is funky. His playing is totally original and keeps growing. And the beautiful thing is that he seems to be getting more and more unique...."

No Depression Magazine #47, September 2003
Review Of American Hips
It is easy to have your own sound on guitar -- just play what you feel. So why do so most guitarists sound like carbons of other guitarists? They work very hard at it; sitting in their rooms for days copying famous licks, thus gaining presold acceptance. Jim Campilongo obviously put in serious listening time, but somehow it got filtered through a sensitive, fiery, quirky, personality, coming out fresh and distinctive. (Warning -- excessive practicing during the Wonder years can prevent developing a personality.) This guitarist wrings the elements of his soul through a Telecaster and puts them on display for the public. Scary stuff, and another reason so few attempt it. Luckily Campilongo's courageous exposure provides us with the naked romanticism of "Between Your Toes", the carnival wackyiness of "Like, Hello?", and the swampy grit of "Jim,s Blues" -- this a person that you want to know…”

Blues Revue, Dec 2003
"A noted Tele-twangler returns: the new album (AMERICAN HIPS) offers the best of blues, country,and jazz, from the sublime to the sick... immaculate chord-melody work... avant-roots meet uptown grit..."

Guitar Player Magazine, November 2003

Guitar Player, Nov 2003 Tele Master Jim Campilongo lets 'er rip on American Hips “…easily his best effort to date. The components of Campilongo's sound are simple - wire, wood, and hands - just like his hero, Roy Buchanan. And, like Buchanan, Campilongo treats every note like his last. But Campilongo isn't simply a Buchanan devotee. Underneath the exposed-nerve twang lurks a dark compositional sense. Think of what it would sound like if Roy Nichols was asked to record the soundtrack to the film-noir classic "The Big Sleep", and you'll get the idea…”


released January 1, 2003

American Hips Jim Campilongo Electric Trio

Jim Campilongo Guitar
Tim Luntzel Bass
Dan Rieser Drums and Percussion

Norah Jones Vocal on “Sweet Dreams” and “Stella”
Tony Scherr Acoustic Guitar on “Sweet Dreams”

Norah Jones appears courtesy of Blue Note Records

Recorded at Bedford Studios, Brooklyn New York
Mixed at Different Fur Studios, San Francisco, California
Engineered and Mixed by Daryn Roven
2nd Engineer Justin Lieberman
“Stella” and “Sweet Dreams” recorded and mixed by Tony Scherr in his house
Mastered by Paul Stubblebine
Produced by Jim Campilongo & friends
All tracks on this album were recorded live in the studio

All songs written by Jim Campilongo copyright 2003 Bully Cat Music (BMI) except “Michelle” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney published by Sony ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP) “Ain’t She Sweet” written by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen, published by Warner Bros. Inc. (Edwin H. Morris & Co. (ASCAP) “Sweet Dreams” written by Don Gibson, published by Sony/ATV and Acuff Rose Music (BMI), “Stella” music by Jim Campilongo, lyrics by Kurt Stevenson and Kate Maher, 50% published by Bully Cat Music (BMI) administered by Round Hill Works (BMI) - Email: Licensing@roundhillmusic.com Tel: 212-380-0080

Cover photo Alexis Manheim
Layout and design Victor Barclay
Legal counsel Todd Gascon

Jim Campilongo endorses:
D’Addario strings and products
The Klon Centaur Professional Overdrive
Seymour Duncan Pickups
Harper Manufacturing
Carmine Street Guitars NYC
Kelly Guitars

Dan Rieser plays Zildiian cymbals

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Jim Campilongo Brooklyn, New York

"Through the lean ropy sound of his Fender Telecaster, Mr. Campilongo connects American styles (Blues, Rock, Country, Jazz, R&B) in a sly knowing way."

"Jim Campilongo holds court. American music is a melting pot of influences, but few guitarists capture the nuances as well as Campilongo does."
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