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Jimmy Rip

Throughout his extraordinary career, Jimmy has been a session guitarist, touring sideman, singer, songwriter, accomplished solo artist, film and television composer, musical director, producer, and much, much more.

Jimmy, a native New Yorker, picked up his first guitar at 6 years old and was out playing gigs by age 12. Originally inspired by the Rolling Stones, he soon became interested in the recordings of blues heavyweights like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, developing the necessary skills to become a session ace.

Rip quickly became a staple in the studio as well as a side guitarist for worldwide tours. Just a few of his credits include Hall & Oates, Deborah Harry, Patty Smyth, Kid Creole, Tom Verlaine and many others. Eventually, Jimmy got the chance to record with one of the artists that originally inspired him to play.

By the late 1980s, Rip was sought out to record for Mick Jagger’s solo album “Primitive Cool,” and later joined the supporting world tour. He later went on to co-write songs with Mick himself, and served as guitarist, arranger, and musical director of Jagger’s 1993 solo album “Wandering Spirit.”

In 1997, Rip released a solo blues album titled ¨Way Past Blue¨ But his biggest challenge was yet to come: to serve as guitarist and producer for Jerry Lee Lewis’ much anticipated album, “Last Man Standing.”

“Last Man Standing”, is a 22-track monster better than 4 years in the making. The album aims to reintroduce the world to Jerry Lee Lewis, an American treasure and true rock n’ roll pioneer. “Jerry Lee is a force of nature, every time we thought we were done, we’d come up with another great song and be approached by another great artist who wanted to be involved.” This might explain the truly impressive roster of guest artists including B. B. King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Ringo Starr, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty, Little Richard, Toby Keith, Robbie Robertson, Don Henley, Delaney Bramlett, Nils Logfren, Kris Kristofferson, George Jones and Kid Rock.

Jimmy says about the guest stars: ¨It was 20 of the easiest phone calls I ever had to make. Everyone wanted to play with the killer. “Last Man Standing” is truly an album not to be missed. But it doesn’t stop there.

In 2004, Jimmy wrote and recorded music for the feature film “The Big Bounce,” as well as many top rated shows for The History Channel. He also served as musical director for TNT’s television special “Willie Nelson and Friends — Angels & Outlaws”, a two hour prime time show featuring performances by Bob Dylan, Joe Walsh, Toby Keith, Merle Haggard, Keith Richards, Kid Rock Al Green, Shelby Lynne, Carole King and many others. He also found time to work in the studio recording and producing albums for Ivan Neville and B’nard Fowler.

In 2007 Rip completed work as music director, guitarist and music producer on Jerry Lee’s DVD ¨ Last Man Standing LIVE¨ (for which he received a gold DVD) celebrated the release of ¨Tom Verlaine and Jimmy Rip Music for Experimental Film¨ and completed a CD for world-renowned sitar virtuoso Nishat Khan. He’s currently working on a new CD for himself, producing punk pioneer Holly Beth Vincent and co-producing and playing guitar on a new record with the legendary New York band Television.
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Mick Jagger - The best of Mick Jagger (Rhino 2007)

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Posted on February 12, 2009 at 4:15am

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At 5:17pm on March 4, 2012, rob rogers said…

wondering could i ask? what your gear was on don't tear me up?

some of the best guitar playing i ever heard! thanks for your time

At 9:53pm on September 12, 2009, Grover Putnam said…
Got yer 'Way Past Blue' when it gotta review inna guitar mag, GeePee or VeeGee. They said 'iz way past Great'. They wuz understatin' this case. "pawned my Fender guitar, too..." I know, huh? you are an inspiration. Thank You.
At 11:23am on August 16, 2009, Grandpa_Erik said…
Hey Jimmy, a little taste from our music. If you like it there is more to hear at my site and I would like to be your friend. If it's not your taste I am sorry to have taken your time. Much respect. Grandpa_Erik

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At 7:28pm on August 2, 2009, Michael Stokes said…
Hi Jimmy,
You should check the Web based Music Community www.MakinMusicNY.com. It is a growing group of musicians & fans of live music, primarily in the NY/NJ area & we are honored by the presence of many notable musicians.

Members can post their gigs to our interactive calendar, express themselves, network, and much more. You may have some friends there already. I hope to see you there. – Mike
At 4:44am on February 13, 2009, Magic Mike said…
really enjoyed you site, great music happy story. Thank You
 
 
 

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