Nashville-based guitarist, singer and songwriter JD Simo released his new album, ‘Songs From The House Of Grease’, last Friday (13th January).
Recorded with his trio (completed by drummer Adam Abrashoff and bassist Todd Bolden), JD has previously explained that “this album is a live snapshot of me and the fellas playing some favourite tracks, and I think it comes through on the recordings just how comfortable and easy-going the sessions were. It’s as if you’re in the room with us hanging out. I couldn’t be prouder, as it captures my best playing ever.”
Containing five songs with a total running time of 40 minutes, it includes covers of John Coltrane’s ‘Afro Blue’, Blind Alfred Reed’s ‘How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live’ and Mississippi Fred McDowell’s ‘Mortgage on My Soul’, plus a free jazz take on Simo’s own ‘Higher Plane’ (from his self-titled 2020 solo record) and a brand new Meters inspired cut entitled ‘Missy’s Strut’. The last of these was immediately added to Spotify’s popular Instrumental Funk playlist upon release.
‘Mortgage On My Soul’ was released as the first single from the record in September and can be heard HERE. Discussing his incendiary version of the classic hill country blues song, JD enthused: “I just really dug the words and I also love the hypnotic vibe of his style. Over the course of a few months we started doing it during soundchecks and Adam came up with this killer Afrobeat style groove. It’s also a really good showcase for my slide playing and is such a blast to play.”
JD’s love and respect for the roots of blues and rock ’n roll led him to be chosen by music supervisor David Cobb to record all the guitar parts for the recent blockbuster biopic ‘Elvis’. In an interview with Guitar World magazine about his role in creating its soundtrack, JD said, “I’m such a fan of Elvis’ music, but also the music of that period and the other stuff we recorded for the film. Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup, Muddy Waters, B.B. King – all of that is a big part of my musical DNA.”
Splitting his band SIMO in 2017 and going solo, JD issued a well received 2019 solo debut, ‘Off At 11’, followed by a self-titled 2020 effort that connected the missing link between Woodstock and Motown. His current studio album, ‘Mind Control’, was released in late 2021 and also earned plaudits on both sides of the pond. In the UK, Classic Rock magazine have declared that “he has the kind of talent that demands you turn your head”, while Guitarist recently described his music as “high energy psychedelic rock workouts with melodic earworms aplenty.”