JD Simo About the Educator

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.

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 takes the listener on a musical journey using LOVE as the guideposts.

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 Bonnaroo, Warren Hayne's Christmas Jam and Mountain Jam since the formation of the band in 2010.

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. The band started its first full national tour in January 2016 bringing them to over 37 states and playing over 80 shows.

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