J.D. Simo

The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds Present

J.D. Simo

Matt Walsh

Tue, February 19, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is all ages


J.D. Simo
J.D. Simo
On his new and first solo record, the soon to be released, OFF AT 11, recording artist and Chicago native now Nashvillian, JD SIMO wants you to know that above all things, what matters most to him is that music should be honest. The gifted artist more than offers this in a psychedelic, free-flowing, dynamic soundscape that exemplifies just that… Honesty.

Acid rock, traditional blues, folk, soul, free form jazz, and the never ceasing desire to improvise pulses from this collection in a mind bending, kaleidoscope of sound, energy and vibe. NPR said, “Nashville blues trio SIMO sounds as if it comes to us straight from 1968.” And Rolling Stone lauded, “J. D. 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….”

With influences as diverse as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Captain Beefheart, Miles Davis and the Allman Brothers to blues guitarists such as Lightnin’ Hopkins and BB King, this young artist, is taking the listener on a musical journey using LOVE as the guideposts. He explains, “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 11does that.”

The recording of this rocking, blues driven, electric tour de force, was recorded over a three day period in the summer of 2018, “Our next summer of LOVE”, says JD Simo. Recording during a brief break in touring including JD’s first shows as a newly cultivated member of Phil Lesh and Friends, JD and his band recorded 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 continues.

Produced by JD in association with his co-manager Michael Caplan, and due to be released this year, 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.

Songs titles: Off at 11, Temptation, Sweet Little Angel and others could have been released in the height of the 60’s but have a modern musical approach that are clues to the immense talent of JD Simo and his band.

With his band, SIMO, 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 played Bonarroo, Warren Hayne’s Christmas Jam and Mountain Jam since the formation of the band in 2010.

“The experience with SIMO set the stage and pushed me forward to record OFF AT 11” I loved the process, the playing and the struggle to make this record a reality. I hope everyone feels the LOVE.” JD said.

SIMO debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Blues chart in January 2016.He has been noticed by No Depression, Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Relix, Guitar World and NPR among others. The band was featured on NPR's World Cafe which was broadcast nationally after the initial broadcast in late January on Philadelphia's WXPN.
Matt Walsh
Matt Walsh
Matt Walsh is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Statesville NC who performs solo or with his backup band around 200 shows a year throughout the southeast and beyond. His sound is influenced by anyone from Link Wray, Howlin' Wolf, Prince, Black Sabbath or Pete Rock among many other musicians and styles of music. His primary focus is making original music and mixing his roots with new ideas rather than replicating them. The result reflects an exciting blend of many genres of music - early electric and hill country Blues, Rock, Rockabilly, Soul, Country, Garage Rock, Hip-Hop and Psychedelia among others. His exposure to music came first came from his mother through her love of Motown. In his youth, he was fascinated with various types of music and was always anxious when he heard a sound that was different or foreign to his ear. When he was 9 his mother took him to a Prince concert and Matt knew he wanted to be a musician.

His real musical education began in his early teens with his late uncle, who would turn him onto his record collection. It included many kinds of early 50's Rock, 60's Psychedelic and British Rock aside prewar, 50's electric and Hill Country Blues. When he introduced Matt to records by Lightnin' Hopkins and similar musicians, he was taken by the rawness of the guitar on the recordings and was inspired to learn the instrument. When he was 13, Matt got a knock off electric guitar for $25 at a flea market. Rather than going to the prom or attending football games, he set out to learn how to play the stripped down Blues that his new idols played. At the same time, he was also listening and learning from 50's Rock/Sun Records, Stax Soul, old Country, 60's and 70's Rock or whatever else he could find, as long is it had feeling and and wasn't contrived. By the age of 19 Matt began playing gigs and soon after dropped his day job at a hat store blocking and shaping hats to become a full time musician.

Matt recorded and released his first solo album, Hard Luck in 2007. Hard Luck featured all original material with the focus on uncompromising, visceral sounding Blues Rock that reflected Matt's love for guitarists like Willie Johnson (Howlin' Wolf) Link Wray and Robert Nighthawk. The album enjoyed rave reviews in multiple music publications, radio play on stations around the world including a featured spot on XM 74 Sirius Satellite Radio as a 'Pick to Click'. In 2008 along with his own touring schedule, Matt began teaming up with and touring playing guitar/Supero Pocket bass with his friend Bob Margolin (guitarist for Muddy Waters 1973-1980). Through that opportunity Matt got to back up his some of his heroes, legendary artists such as Hurbert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf's guitarist), Pinetop Perkins and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith.

Looking for a new musical direction to blend all of his influences, Matt met and started working with drummer Austin Hicks after a chance encounter on Craigslist in 2013. They formed the drum-guitar duo, the Low Counts and branded their music as "Blue Collar Rock-N-Roll". Together, they turned heads, made an immense number of dedicated fans and blew audiences away with their no frills, high energy shows. Their ride together was cut short on March 8th 2017 when Austin passed unexpectedly. Matt wrote 27 songs that the duo released over three albums of original material in the four short years they were together (The Low Counts 2014, Unsettled Days 2015, Years Pass BY 2015) and garnered radio play in the US and abroad on some 200 plus stations.

Matt's new album Life After Rock N Roll is now available on Full Bloom Records
Venue Information:
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC, 28801