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Heavy Jim Campilongo and the 10 Gallon Cats

by Jim Campilongo

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Like Butter 05:41
Twister 02:45
Tic Toc 03:10
Tiramisu 05:20


SF Examiner, Feb 2000
“…Campilongo plunges headlong into his most satisfying, and yes, heaviest, album yet…. the hard-working picker, who has made a home of the club-within-a-club upstairs at the Paradise, has made another album of dazzling Western swing-meets-jazz-meets blues-meets-country, which has become his patented trademark… Campilongo stretched a bit on this one, and came up with a winner…”

SF Weekly, Feb 2000
“…Somewhere between modern blues of the late Danny Gatton, the out-there jazz of John McLaughlin, and the western swing jangle and twang of Jimmy Bryant, Campilongo's guitar work is precise and studied, but always stoked with something intangible and deeper…it's Campilongo's most inventive and complex album, as well as his most playful…”

Guitar Player Magazine, June 2000
“… One of San Francisco's best-kept secrets, Telecaster-wielding Jim Campilongo possesses a wacky sense of humor, lunatic technique, and a fat, snarling tone…Imagine Jimmy Bryant's hair-trigger reflexes hitched to Roy Buchanan's restless spirit. Better yet, pick up Heavy and dig just how much sound one guy can coax out of six strings and an amp…”

San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 2000
“…guitarist Jim Campilongo shows off his songwriting chops in addition to his jaw-dropping technical ability on his latest album…Campilongo tempers the humor by mixing in a number of less whimsical tunes, wringing out some of his heaviest, most emotive playing…”


released January 1, 2000

Heavy Jim Campilongo and the 10 Gallon Cats

Pat and Patsy 3:18
Sergio Versus the Moth 2:43
Like Butter 5:42
Dagger Through My Heart (with Dave Boat) 3:15
Tic Toc 3:10
How’s it Goin’? Not Much 3:17
Rooted Like a Tree 4:49
Mozart Woulda Played a Tele 2:26
Hamster Wheel 4:56
Tiramisu 5:20
Folsom Prison Blues 3:36

Jim Campilongo Guitar
Joe Goldmark Pedal Steel Courtesy HMG/Hightone Records
Chris Kee Bass
Ken Owen Drums

Rob Burger (Courtesy of EMI/Angel Records) Organ on How’s it Goin’? Not Much/Rooted Like a Tree/Like Butter. Piano on Tic Toc/How’s it Goin’? Not Much

Dave Boat- Italian Rap on Dagger Through My Heart

Daryn Roven - Acoustic guitar on Dagger Through My Heart

All Music and Lyrics (Dagger Through My Heart) written by Jim Campilongo copyright 2000 Bully Cat Music BMI except Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash (ASCAP) Bully Cat Music administered by Round Hill Works (BMI) - Email: Licensing@roundhillmusic.com Tel: 212-380-0080

Produced and Engineered by Daryn Roven

2nd Engineers Justin Lieberman Different Fur, Justin Phelps at Coast Recorders

Recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, California

Mixed at Different Fur, San Francisco, California

Overdubs Recorded at Mobius Music, San Francisco, California

Mastered at Ken Lee Mastering. Oakland, California

Art Design and Layout- Victor Barclay

Cover Photography and Foot Model- Alexis K. Manheim

Christina Koci- Hernandez- Back Photo

Thanks to Annika Doss Staff Assistant Blue Hen Records

Jim Thanks: D’Addario Strings, Seymour Duncan, G&L Guitars, Bill Finnegan for the Klon Centaur, Kenneth Harper at Harper Manufacturing

Joe Thanks GHS Strings

jimcampilongo.com Tour, Music, Merchandise, Lessons and more

Executive Producer Mark Craft

This record is dedicated to the memory of Fred Roven


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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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