The Haunting Guitar Sound of James Wilsey


It’s one of the great guitar intros of pop music: the haunting guitar on Chris Isaak’s Wicked Games. The man behind the unforgettable guitar sound is James Wilsey.

Check out his great album “El Dorado”, that is packed with wonderful instrumentals. James Wilsey tastefully combines acoustic guitar shades from the nineteen-fifties and sixties. You can hear influences from surf guitars, guitars from Italian western soundtracks, a little bit of Billy Strange, Duane Eddy, the Shadows and t. But still Wilsey manages to create his own sound and style.

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