Revered guitarist/vocalist, JD Simo, has shared “You Need Love”, premiering the track exclusively on Guitar World. The bluesy track is the first single from his upcoming album, OFF AT 11, due out March 1, 2019.
JD is currently on a national US tour, and when the tour hit NYC, JD and his band made a stop at Paste Magazine’s New York headquarters where he and his band, Andraleia Buch on Bass and Adam Abrashoff on drums, played soul blasting versions of tracks from OFF AT 11, as well as covers songs, including “Get By With a Little Help From My Friends” that nod to JD’s influences. Check out the full session here.
The next leg of the tour brings JD and band to Europe opening for Tommy Emmanuel and then returning to the United States in April to open for the Allman Betts Band on their inaugural tour. JD and cohorts have gained a solid fan following from touring and opening for bands such as Blackberry Smoke, The Gregg Allman Band, Warren Haynes, Tommy Emmanuel and others. They have also held spots at Bonnaroo, Warren Hayne’s Christmas Jam and Mountain Jam since the formation of the band in 2010.
The Chicago-born, Nashville-based recording artist channels classic sounds from acid rock, traditional blues, folk, soul, to free form jazz, reinvigorating them into a kaleidoscope of sound for a new generation of music lovers. NPR declares, “Simo sounds as if it comes to us straight from 1968.”
Produced by Simo in association with co-manager Michael Caplan, OFF AT 11 consists of 8 tracks that are laid out on the record like a musical journey through gifted guitar playing and singing, incredible rhythm section arrangements and lyrics that convey that “all the feels” momentum. One can almost touch the ghosts of the brilliant, wounded masters of the blues who have shaped and guided JD’s art and craft. Simo’s brand of blues is like the surge of sound from a classic car, say a Chevy V-8. It starts with a roar, then a rumble. Then a low, throaty hum. The explosion of the gas in the cylinders are like emotional triggers – liberating, visceral. Intense.
The recording of this rocking, blues driven, electric tour de force took place over a three day period in the summer of 2018; “Our next summer of love,” says Simo. Recorded during a brief break in touring, including Simo’s first shows as a guest of Phil Lesh and Friends, he and his band laid down these musically dense and inspiring tracks in a “groovy space” to lay down something authentic, filled with fun and no edits, no tricks. “Just honesty and a tape machine” he explains. Simo continues, “There’s an underlying theme of LOVE that permeates the album. Both outward love but also inner and self love. These days, everything is so heavy, but I just want to point out some joy, love and deep passion; in this world, we all share that spirit. OFF AT 11 does that.”
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Wed, Feb 20, 2019 – Athens, GA @ The Foundry
Thu, Feb 21, 2019 – Charlotte, NC @ Free Range
Fri, Feb 22, 2019 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
Sat, Feb 23, 2019 – Wilmington, NC @ Satellite
Sun, Feb 24, 2019 – Charleston, SC @ Pour House
Tue, Feb 26, 2019 – Richmond, VA @ Tin Pan
Thu, Feb 28, 2019 – Lexington, KY @ The Burl
Fri, Mar 1, 2019 – Bowling Green, KY @ Spillway Bar & Grill
Sat, Mar 2, 2019 – Knoxville, TN @ Barley’s
Fri, May 3, 2019 – Memphis, TN @ Graceland Stage