Eclectic Electric DVD

Hey all,

Im checking in to say this has been our best launch to date. Thanks very much for your interest and enthusiasm for my Eclectic Electric DVD series! I must say this was a total blast to make and I learned a lot doing it.

I also enjoyed creating a “tree”outlining the history of my favorite electric guitarists of all time…I really dug the colorful and impassioned comments. My hope is that by sharing my influences perhaps you all will check out some of the less famous but really great players I mentioned….and hopefully create a tree of your own.

Ive been doing a lot of session work lately and what I love about that is the diversity factor. Last week I was hired to do some mandolin style work along side an accordionist….and found out Jeff Beck had been in the studio just before my session working with some buddies of mine here in SF. I heard some great stories about the session I will be sharing with you soon…OK more from the the world of eclectic electric soon.



4 Shows South of the Border…..and a brush with The Stones

I just returned from a week long sojourn in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I was booked to perform 4 shows following their annual jazz festival, which I played 2 years ago with Marcia Ball and Oscar Castro-Neves (guitarist on “Girl From Ipanema and Black Orpheus!).

San Miguel is a really cool artist/music town in the mountains of central Mexico. Our band was stellar with Rick Schlosser on drums (Van Morisson, Rod Stewart etc.) Doug Robinson on keys(phenomenal musician and Musical Director for these shows) and Antonio Lozoya (director of Jazz Festival) on bass.

We had a wonderful run with great crowds every night. I got a chance to play my complete catalog pulling out some tunes I haven’t done since touring in Europe which was fun…I ran into an old friend, Johnny Starbuck, who is one of the guitar techs for Keith Richards and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones (he keeps the strings changed and fresh on the 60 plus axes the boys take on tour!)

We had a great dinner together and discussed Keith’s new book “Life” which if you haven’t read yet y’all should check out. I played a funky version of “Honky Tonk Women” in G tuning of course…in honor of our man Keef Riff Hard…what a legend!

I must say it was great to arrive in this amazing town and have the band super tight on all my material, it got better each night. On my final day I went to Doug’s studio outside of town and recorded a new tune called “Every Once in a While” that turned out great. I ll be posting some pix and videos and am excited about our new project “Eclectic Electric” coming out Jan. 25th 2011…Stay tuned.



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On the street w/ new “amigo”

The Band w/ “percussionist” Kelli

JD and Doug Robinson in the studio.

New Jimmy Dillon DVD “Eclectic Electric” coming soon!

Greetings to all you electric guitar slingers…I wanted to tell you about a new product that Im really excited about with called “Eclectic Electric”. This DVD set explores in depth all the beauty and power of electric guitar….In my many years of touring, recording and teaching Im always struck by the excitement and fascination for both fans and players of electric guitar. In this series I share with you my experience and techniques as well as how to get killer tone and vibe from your axe, whether a strat,tele, Les Paul etc…I use my whole collection on this one and it is really a fun ride!

So stay tuned as we will have this baby ready to go before Xmas so we can all rock together into the New Year!

Play on….


My gig with Sting for a very good cause.

I wanted to share an inspiring musical experience I had a while back with you all. I got a call from producer/drummer Narada Michael Walden (currently on tour w/ Jeff Beck) to do a benefit show in my home town of San Francisco for Christopher Rodriguez, a music student who was tragically wounded in a drive by shooting over in Oakland.”Let the Sunshine In” was the name of the event and the line up was truly amazing! Sting, Keb Mo’, Earl Klugh, The 5th Dimension, Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead, just to name a few…I was part of the band and got to play “Fields of Gold” and “If  I Ever Lose My Faith In You” on my trusty Gryphon 12 string. The band was stellar with Chuck Leavell (an old friend) from The Stones and Allman Brothers on keys as well as Lisa Fisher also from the Stones on vocals. We were fortunate to also have a 60 piece orchestra from SF Conservatory led by conductor Michael Morgan from the Oakland Symphony at the helm.

The performances were stellar and it was truly an honor to be included in this once in a lifetime event! I will post some fun pix from the show.

Keep rockin’!

Best, Jimmy

Sting, Kelli and JD