Jim Schwall, guitarist and vocalist of the Siegel-Schwall Band, dies at 79

Jim Schwall performs with the Siegel Schwall Blues Band at The Chicago Blues Festival on June 13, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois
(Image credit: James Fraher/Redferns)

Jim Schwall, a guitarist and vocalist best known as the co-leader of the Siegel-Schwall Band, has died at the age of 79, his representatives confirmed.

Well-known in the Chicago area for his technical prowess and distinctive guitar sound – owing partially to his use of an amplified Gibson B-25 acoustic – Schwall died Sunday (June 19) of natural causes at his home in Tucson, Arizona, his record label, Alligator, said in a statement.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.