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Simo

Adjusting for population growth, there are...well, a BUNCH more than the thirteen hundred and fifty-two Music City guitar pickers John Sebastian wrote about in 1966. Indeed, guitar-toting cats in Nashville outnumber the pickup trucks and thatís saying something. Itís also saying something that, in a city full of six-string savants, there is one guitarist all the other guitarists watch in awe. A player who can float a gentle, lilting line and then launch a ferocious fretboard attack in the space of a few measures. A multi-talented axeman like J.D. Simo.

Born in the shadow of Wrigley Field, the Windy Cityís electric blues tradition was J.D.ís birthright. After taking up the guitar and obsessively studying the recorded works of his musical forefathers, J.D. hit the road at age 15 and never looked back. His musical sojourn eventually led him to Nashville where he joined a working band, cranking out C&W classics on Lower Broadway for the honky tonk crowd. No mere chicken picker, jaws routinely dropped as J.D. unleashed his blues-soaked take on the country cannon, making old favorites sound brand new. He also slipped in blues stalwarts like Tampa Redís ďIt Hurts Me, Too,Ē trading his Tele for a Les Paul to add even more colors to the tonal palette. It didnít take long until J.D.ís name was on the lips of every discerning music aficionado in town.

Eager to do his own thing, J.D. accepted an invitation from bassist Frank Swart and drummer Adam Abrashoff to join an informal jam session and, at the end of a 3-hour improvisation, SIMO was born! A power trio for the new millennium, SIMO harkens back to the days when bands built followings not online, but on stage. Boston native Swart has a laudable list of credits as a bassist and producer for artists like Morphine, Norah Jones and Patty Griffin. Drummer Abrashoff came up in the same Akron, Ohio music scene as The Black Keyís Dan Auerbach and laid down an engaging, polyrhythmic foundation for Nashville avant-garde ensemble The Electric Experiment. Together, these three master musicians conjure a sorcerous sound that assaults your senses in all the best ways and leaves you wanting more.
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Artist: Simo
Format: 7" (vinyl)

Artist: Simo
Format: 7" (vinyl)