Jimmy Rivers

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Musician, Guitarist

Jimmy Rivers was known in the world of Western Swing as an innovative guitarist who played a double neck and brought to life a hard driving style known as the Brisbane Bop.  Jimmy was a cowboy-type, playing hard and working even harder at his craft as a performer.  He was easy-going and low-key, until he strapped his guitar on and got in front of a band.  His style was an influence on many up and coming players who cited Jimmy for his unique ideas in chord changes and speed.  Shortly before his passing in 2003, his classic album The Brisbane Bop was released on CD, bringing his music to a new generation of fans and players.