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Jimmy Wahlsteen is a recording and internationally touring solo acoustic guitar player based in Stockholm, Sweden.
Jimmy got his breakthrough on the international acoustic guitar scene in 2009 with the release of his solo debut album “181st songs” for US label Candyrat Records. The album was listed as “Top 25 essential CD´s 2010″ by the American radio show Echoes on NPR and the song “Shifts of Attention” was picked up by the North American tv-show LA Complex. Jimmy was also featured on the cover of Akustik Gitarre / Germany for his release. An interview in Scandinavia’ s biggest guitar magazine Fuzz was also published.
2010 brought Jimmy to tour both Germany and Canada with Canadian guitar legend Don Ross. Jimmy also appeared at festivals such as Ullapool (Scotland) and the Nordic Guitar Festival in Sweden.
In the fall of 2011, Jimmy released his second CD “All Time High” /Candyrat Records. The release and heavy Tube exposure grabbed the attention of acoustic guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel who invited Jimmy to tour with him throughout Europe. The new album was once again gained heavy airplay on NPR Radio in the US. Jimmy was interviewed and featured on the cover of Sweden’s biggest music magazine Musiker Magasinet and got the cover feature in Acoustic Magazine UK along with a second interview for German Akustik Gitarre.
Jimmy has performed at some of the biggest acoustic festivals in the world including Acoustic Franciacourta (Italy), Ullapool Guitar Festival (Scotland) and the Canadian Guitar Festival (Canada) to new a few.
After the release of “All Time High” and the accompanying video Halifaxation, Jimmy was invited to do a concert hall tour in Réunion Island off the southeast coast of Africa together with Valentina Lisitsa and Buddy Green accompanied by an orchestra. “All Time High” established Jimmy´s name on the international guitar scene. With his original style and heavy YouTube exposure Jimmy has now toured over 15 countries and is mentioned amongst the biggest guitar artists in the world.
On November 11th, 2014, Jimmy Wahlsteen released his third album ”No Strings Attached”. The title track was featured as ”Song of the Month” by major tab production application Guitar Pro X. The video along with the songs tabulature were sent out as promotion by GPX to some 250,000 members. The song was also featured as a tutorial video in Akustik Gittare / Germany´s largest guitar videoblog. An additional large feature interview was published in the magazine along with a big ”making of” feature in the Scandinavian magazine Studio. The song ”No Strings Attached” is on heavy YouTube rotation and four more videos from the album are set for release during winter / spring 2015-16.
By the time ”No Strings Attached” was released, the song ”It´s Your Favorite” from Jimmy’s debut album started to become a hit on streaming services. Today the song is the most played instrumental finger style song on Spotify with 2.5 million plays and racks up an average of 170,000 plays per month. On YouTube , Jimmy’s ”Rapid Eye Moment” also from his first album has plays of over 1.2 million.
Jimmy´s recordings contain multitrack instrumental songs with expressive guitar arrangements and brilliant guest musicians. The core of all songs is the acoustic guitar mixed and enhanced with percussion, strings and lots of additional guitars and atmospheric musical landscapes. The arrangements and production of the songs are pop inspired. Jimmy leaves the fusion genre unexplored and brings his inspiration in songwriting from artists like Paul Simon and John Martyn. Live, Jimmy appears solo on stage, with his guitar effects and looper to accompany his original technique and percussive trade mark using a ring on his left thumb striking the back of the guitar neck.
In August 2015 Jimmy was signed to be the new endorsee of the world’s most prominent guitar pick up manufacturer DiMarzio. A promo tour for the DiMarzio Black Angel series and the latest album ”No Strings Attached” was recently completed in the US. Related youtube material will be posted by DiMarzio in January 2016.