Jimmy Vivino

“… we all have something. Don’t be so worried about what the guy next to you has, just do your thing. Do your thing because your personality belongs to only you, and your playing should be your personality. That’s the best advice I could give man, be fearless …” — Jimmy Vivino


On this episode of Plus One, guitarist Jimmy Vivino joins Kraz to talk about his familial roots in music and how he gravitated towards the guitar, keeping it simple during improvisation, and nurturing musical interest in young artists. You’ll hear Jimmy and Kraz dive deep on blues guitar playing and talk about all components of the style from gear, to soloing techniques, to conceptual philosophies about the instrument. They also discuss the calling from the blues that Jimmy felt as a young guitarist, Jimmy’s deep appreciation for black music, and jammin’ with Muddy Waters.


Jimmy Vivino is an American guitarist, producer, and musical director. He is best known as the bandleader of Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band, the house band for the TBS late night program, Conan. Aside from his work with the Basic Cable Band, Jimmy has played with many other exceptional groups including Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux, alongside another former Plus One guest, Will Lee. Jimmy has recorded several studio albums under his own name and contributed fantastic guitar playing to countless others, and he’s also served as an orchestrator and music producer for several films. In this episode Jimmy speaks humbly and informatively about his musical experience, and offers a wealth of wisdom for guitar players and musicians of all kinds. If you’re a guitar player, you certainly don’t want to miss this one!


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Eric Krasno Plus One is presented by Osiris Media. All original music by Eric Krasno. Executive Producers are RJ Bee and Christina Collins. Audio Production by Matt Dwyer. Produced by Ben Baruch of 11E1even Group.

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