• Release
      Mind Control
      November 5, 2021

          1. Know It All - JD SIMO

  • Download a few new hi-res photos of JD Simo (credit: Adam Abrashoff) and new Mind Control cover art

    JD Simo… The Chicago-born, now Nashville transplant is like a one-man crusade dedicated to keeping music real, raw, and honest. No matter the setting and no matter his role (whether it’s wingman or bandleader) JD’s presence infuses the situation of the moment with the music that’s been fueling him pretty much his whole life, spiced with influences that straddle both decades and dimensions.

    As a songwriter, guitarist, and producer he has worked with the likes of Jack White, Tommy Emmanuel, Luther Dickinson, Dave Cobb, Blackberry Smoke, and even been a member of Grateful Dead founder Phil Lesh’ “Phil & Friends.”

    Now he comes forth with his most unique, original and rawest effort yet, Mind Control, which drops November 5th 2021. During lockdown last year, he started cutting tracks in his makeshift studio on a weekly basis. Joined by longtime collaborator Adam Abrashoff on drums and the addition of longtime friend, bassist-producer-engineer Adam Bednarik (Justin Townes Earle), they mused a proverbial soup of shared influences.

    Hill country trance blues of Junior Kimbrough, RL Burnside and Asie Payton. Hypnotic Afro Beat of Fela Kuti and Tony Allen. Psychedelic warps of Captain Beefheart, Funkadelic, and Jimi Hendrix. The old school blues of John Lee Hooker, Earl Hooker and Lightnin Hopkins. As well as the raw fuzzy rock of The Stooges and Nirvana.

    Mind Control is the product of three like-minded buddies huddled in a humble setting, making music to make them feel good. The songs stark revealing nature, is the product of them using the creative process for therapy and enjoyment. Because they simply had to, for no other reason than they couldn’t not! They love it too much. A positive theme of growth, self help and struggles with addiction and mental health lay along side a haunting, low down musical landscape. It’s raw, funky and real. Such is life.

    JD Simo’s Mind Control will be available November 5th on limited vinyl, CD and digital/streaming formats via Crows Feet Records. Click here to pre-order.


    Tony Bonyata
    Pavement PR
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    e: tony[AT]pavementpr.com


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  • Here’s what critics have been saying about JD Simo…

    • “Simo stirs together his roots in blues, R&B and rock, while channeling forebears such as Jimi Hendrix, Santana and the Allman Brothers Band.” – BILLBOARD

    • “Embedded within a raucous ’60s psychedelic gumbo, Simo summons copious amounts of intensity reminiscent of the best live Cream bootlegs.” – VINTAGE GUITAR

    • “… sounds as if it comes to us straight from 1968.” – NPR

    • “Simo’s new LP is a showcase for his expanding pedalboard and a triumph of his imagination.” – GUITAR PLAYER

    • “Drenched with far-out guitar lines that recall the best work of Curtis Mayfield and a vocal performance that captures the deeply emotional and often uplifting spirit of peak-era Motown, his single ‘One of Those Days’ demonstrates his particular vision for the future of American music.” – POPMATTERS