OFF AT 11 
MARCH 1, 2019

Photo by Jeff Fasano

“JD SIMO spins soulful psychedelic blues rock with an improvisational bent reminiscent of the Grateful Dead and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Though he’s been performing in bands since his teenage years, [he] has begun to get national attention….” – Rolling Stone

“JD SIMO, ‘OFF AT 11,’  a man playing like his life depends on it, fighting for his family, swinging from the vines of the future while chewing on the roots of American music. The album captures the transitional transcendence of this point in his artistry filtered thru the vintage PAF treble pickup of Ol’Red,  JD’s favorite 335, telling like it is, how it was and how it gonna be!  Who’s that psychedelic Chicago blues man moved down to Nashville playing the chicken pickin’ with no chicken? JD SIMO.” – Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) 

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. NPRdeclares, “Simo sounds as if it comes to us straight from 1968.”

Produced by Simo in association with co-manager Michael Caplan, OFF AT 11consists 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:

Fri, Feb 1, 2019                Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
Sat, Feb 2, 2019               Auburn Hills, MI @ Callahan’s
Tue, Feb 5, 2019              Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
Wed, Feb 6, 2019             Madison, WI @ High Noon
Thu, Feb 7, 2019              Des Moines IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Fri, Feb 8, 2019                Chicago, IL @ Martyr’s
Sat, Feb 9, 2019               Canton, OH @ Auricle
Sun, Feb 10, 2019            Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival
Tue, Feb 19, 2019            Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
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
With The Allman Betts Band – More Dates TBC
Fri, Apr 26, 2019                New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues (Jazzfest)
Fri, May 3, 2019                 Memphis, TN @ Graceland Stage

JD Simo – Off At 11
Out March 1, 2019

Pre-order Available Here

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