This San Francisco Roots Rock prodigy was the city's best-kept secret (besides Richard Buckner), until he was discovered and signed to a major label. Jim Campilongo's dexterous and soulful guitar playing waters the rich soil wherein the roots lie. He effortlessly bounces from blues to country to swing to jazz without breaking a sweat, and then somehow tastefully manages to blend them all together in his own unique style. Most of his stuff is upbeat and full of an energetic fretboard fire similar to Xan McCurdy or even Junior Brown. His music with the 10 Gallon Cats is the perfect soundtrack for suiting up and stepping out.