For almost 17 years, guitarist Jim Campilongo has been the most exciting and reliable answer to this New York rock & roll question: Where can I go, especially on a Monday night, to get my mind blown by six singing-treble strings, classic Fender-amp reverb and the American musical encyclopedia? Upon moving to the city from his native San Francisco in 2002, Campilongo started a weekly residency at the Knitting Factory, then took his Telecaster fire over to Mondays in the electrically charged intimacy of the Living Room on Ludlow Street. When gentrification swallowed that beloved space in 2013, he moved a couple of blocks uptown to Rockwood Music Hall, which isn't that much bigger (despite the name) and where it is business as usual – blues fundamentals and country comforts with vigorous psychedelic spirit – whenever Campilongo plugs in with his trio.

Campilongo is one of those steady, working warriors on the road and records that, if you didn't know him by name before now, you have probably heard with Norah Jones – in their country-rock project the Little Willies – and in other stellar, eclectic company including J.J. Cale, Burning Spear, and Emmylou Harris; the alt-rock band Cake; and jamming friends like the avant-rock and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline.

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    Thrilling attack & luminous melodic invention! • Cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and pressed at RTI!• A career encompassing look at one of today's most unique players! • Includes previously unissued tracks, and packaged in a gatefold jacket with notes from David Fricke! Riveting six-string slinging from Jim Campilongo, who flexes the extremes of his instrument and amplification in jubilant trips through explosive technique and free-rock verve. Selected by the guitarist from his story so...