Jim West (guitarist)

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Jim West
Jim West by Kyle Cassidy.jpg
Background information
Birth name James West
Born (1953-12-18) December 18, 1953 (age 61)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock, Slack-key guitar
Occupation(s) Guitarist, Composer, Producer
Instruments Guitar, banjo, mandolin, keyboards, vocals
Years active 1979–present
Labels Westernmost Records, , Scotti Brothers Records, Volcano Records, Placebo
Associated acts Weird Al
Website www.jimkimowest.com/
Notable instruments
Anderson Guitars
Taylor Guitars
Mesa/Boogie Amplifiers
Jim West performing guitar for "Yoda", March 10, 2007

James "Jim" "Kimo" West is a guitarist best known for working with the singer-songwriter "Weird Al" Yankovic.[1] West auditioned for Yankovic, after being introduced by Steve Jay, and the two have worked together ever since. West can be heard and seen on all of Yankovic's albums, videos, and concerts since 1984.

West is also a composer for TV and film and produced a number of CDs for independent artists. He has released four solo slack-key guitar albums. He performs regularly at festivals and concerts.


Born in Toronto, Ontario on December 18, 1953, West grew up in Tampa, Florida. He started playing guitar at age 12,[2] and by age 16 was playing professionally in various Florida rock bands, including at least one with Steve Jay. He came to Los Angeles in the early eighties, where Jay introduced him to Yankovic. West still lives in the Los Angeles area, but spends several months a year in Hawaii. He retains his Canadian citizenship.


With Weird Al[edit]

Solo Albums[edit]

  • 1999 - Coconut Hat
  • 2004 - Nurturing the Garden - commission for the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kaua'i
  • 2005 - Slack Key West
  • 2006 - The Hawaiian Tribute To Sublime: Livin's EZ
  • 2007 - Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar-Kimo Style
  • 2007 - Hotel Honolulu - The Hawaiian Tribute to the Eagles
  • 2008 - Kimo's Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas
  • 2012 - Na Lani O Maui: Maui Skies
  • 2013 - Ki Ho'alu Christmastime


  • "Eia Mai Ka La" by Kapo Ku
  • Lily Wilson by Lily Wilson
  • Jose Can U See? by Bill Dana
  • The Enchanted Forest
  • Broken by Cynthia Clawson
  • The Koolanesian Heart by Norm Compton


  • The Rocky Story


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