Jimmy Riot- Bass
James Elliott was given his nickname "Jimmy Riot" on a 2000 Leona Naess European tour. Born in NYC, Jimmy grew up in Glens Falls, NY and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. He played bass in the U-Pitt Jazz Ensemble under jazz great Nathan Davis and attended the Manhattan School of Music, studying under the legendary Anthony Jackson while doing upright bass gigs outside of school with Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald.
Jimmy then founded power-trio Skunkworks and opened for Pantera, The Offspring, Pennywise and The Toadies, and co-headlined shows with Stuck Mojo. He then played bass for Patti Rothberg (EMI) and toured opening for Chris Isaak, the Wallflowers and, on the summer festival circuit, shared the stage with Iggy Pop, Korn, 311, No Doubt etc. and opened for Everclear. He appeared on David Letterman and Jay Leno with Patti and did a special homecoming gig at Tramps NYC with Omar Hakim on drums.
As a member of Swimmer (Maverick), he toured with Fuel, King's X, and opened for Sugar Ray. Jimmy played for Leona Naess (MCA) doing tours with Travis, Eagle Eye Cherry, and performed on the Craig Kilborn show. He was then bassist and musical director for Alexa Ray Joel, performed on Jimmy Kimmel and produced her EP "Sketches". Jimmy was a member of The Woodstock Era Experience and The Orion Experience in New York before moving to Minnesota to join JT & the Gunslingers.
SOUTHERN ROCK and COUNTRY
If you took southern rock mixed with a modern day edginess and add a dash of good ol' Midwest and a bunch of originality, then you've got JT & the Gunslingers, one of the regions fastest growing bands. ~ Megan Kennedy, Post Bulletin