Jimmy Campbell

(fiddle - 1990-1993)
photo by Michelle Durham

Born: 4/28/1963    Died: 10/24/2003

As a Blue Grass Boy: Jimmy Campbell joined the Blue Grass Boys in 1990, when Billy Rose left and "Tater" Tate switched back from fiddle to bass. He appears on "Cryin' Holy Unto the Lord", Monroe's last studio album. He left in early 1993 to rejoin Jim and Jesse's Virginia Boys.

Recording Sessions: 5/21/1990, 6/12/1990, 1/9/1994

Before and After: Campbell moved to Nashville in 1987 to work with Jim and Jesse, and returned to their group after leaving Monroe. He later performed with the Cumberland Highlanders and the Sidemen, with whom he recorded the album "Almost Live at the Station Inn". His two solo albums, "Young Opry Fiddler" and "Pieces of Time", both feature some rarely heard Monroe compositions; the latter also features Monroe's playing, in what turned out to be one of his last studio sessions. Campbell died of carbon monoxide poisoning, probably from faulty propane or kerosene lanterns, on a converted schoolbus.