Jimmy Wallace is a multi-talented, dynamic and seasoned musician, songwriter, and artist. This Nashville based, Louisiana native has a wide musical pallet. Classically trained on piano beginning at the age of 8, Wallace became inspired and influenced by the soulful music and sound of many great Rhythm and Blues, Motown players including Billy Preston, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles to name a few. At 20 yrs old, while attending Middle Tennessee State University, the Shreveport native began his professional career when he joined the Kenny Wayne Shepherd band. As the Hammond B-3 organ and piano player for KWS, Wallace was an integral part of the sound on chart topping albums Ledbetter Heights ,Trouble Is and award winning 10 Days Out:Blues from the Backroads CD/DVD, and also performing live with the band for 12 years internationally, sharing the stage with legendary acts including the Eagles, Aerosmith, Van Halen, B.B.King, Black Crowe’s, Jimmy Page, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. In between tours with KWS, Wallace collaborated with several artists from different genres including N’Dea Davenport (of The Brand New Heavies), Lee Roy Parnell and even Chuck Berry. In 2008, Wallace was recruited by Pop singer, Gavin DeGraw, to tour internationally with his band playing acoustic guitar, Hammond B-3, piano and singing background vocals.
While taking a break from touring in 2010, Wallace independently wrote, recorded, produced and released a concept album titled ‘Working for Peanut’s’. Musically , the album encompasses Wallace’s vast range of tasteful style and composition ,inspired by pop culture and original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi . In Nashville, Wallace co- founded the band 18 South with prestigious songwriters and musicians, Jon Randall Stewart, Jessi Alexander, Mike Bub, Larry Atamanuik and Guthrie Trapp. 18 South, has earned the reputation as one of the most talented bands in Nashville and can be heard often at the legendary Station Inn, as well as festivals across the country, including Telluride Bluegrass, and Strawberry Music Fest in Yosemite National Park.
In 2013, Wallace joined The Wallflowers (with Jakob Dylan), and in between touring, works as a studio session player with a variety of talented Artists and Producers including, John Oates, Bonnie Bishop, Jewel, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jack Ingram, Jon Randall Stewart , Gary Paczosa, Ray Kennedy, David Z, T-Bone Burnett and Dave Cobb to name a few.
Jimmy has had songs recorded by The McCrary Sisters, Seth Walker , and writing partner Bonnie Bishop. He is currently performing and touring with singer/songwriter Charles Kelley (of Lady Antebellum) on his solo tour . Wallace will also be joining iconic Rock Guitarist and Singer Joe Walsh on the keyboards for his 2016 summer tour.