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Probably one of the fastest guitarists to play a telecaster, not to mention the first artist endorsed by Fender. It would be impressive enough just listening to Jimmy rip through fiddle tunes, but he was really the guy that married country and jazz like no one did before. He had a great and humorous jazz vocabulary. The records he made with Speedy West are a pillar of this style. They're not jazz, they're not western swing, they're not country...Jimmy and Speedy really helped to define a new genre.
We can't just talk about his soloing, we have to talk about the compositions. There were occasional rearrangements of old timey fiddle tunes, but for the most part they wrote all original material. The rumor was that they would write the tunes the day they tracked them, sometimes tracking ten times a day. Nuts! Jimmy’s primary influences were Django Reinhardt and the jazz fiddler Stuff Smith. This lick is from "Shuffleboard Rag". I picked this lick because of Jimmy's use of trills which bring elements of humor and light-heartedness to the music. In this example, we are playing over a I and V chord in C.