JD Simo & GA-20

The Pour House Music Hall & Record Shop
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224 S Blount St

Raleigh, NC 27601

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Doors 7pm, Show 8pm.

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Proof of vaccination (14 days after your final dose) or a negative covid test within 72 hours of the show will be required for entry to concerts. Your physical card or a picture of your vaccine card on your phone will be accepted. In addition, masks will be required at all times while not actively drinking.

JD SIMO:

Rather than simply roll up to those fabled crossroads of blues lore, JD Simo builds a bridge by hand. The Chicago born and Nashville based singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer

connects the missing link between Motown and Woodstock as he fuses fluid and fiery fretwork with vital and vulnerable vocals. JD has been acclaimed byRolling Stone, NPR, Guitar Player, Relix, No Depression, and more…. Logging hundreds of gigs annually, he has collaborated with Jack White, Tommy Emmanuel,Luther Dickinson and Blackberry Smoke among others. Not to mention, he graced the bills of festivals, including Bonnaroo, Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, and Mountain Jam. Phil Lesh, iconic co-founder of The Grateful Dead, invited him to join Phil Lesh and Friends. Meanwhile, JD’s 2019 solo album, Off At 11, incited fan fervor and tastemaker praise. Billboard claimed the record “channels forbearers such as Jimi Hendrix, Santana and the Allman Brothers Band,” and Guitar World dubbed it, “another step toward the 34-year-oldChicago native establishing himself as a contemporary blues rock giant.”

Throughout 2019, he maximized rare time off to write what would become JD Simo. Returning home after 150 gigs, he worked out of a “funky little eight-track studio” in his house. When it came time to record, he sought out a co-producer for the first time. Enlisting Eddie Spear behind the board, he recorded the album to tape in just three days during January 2020. And then, the pandemic hit. “Like everyone, I was unprepared in how to deal with this new “normal” so I turned to the thing that always helps me: music,” he elaborates, “I just started playing, opening up my socials and jamming and from that, Mind Control was born.” Mind Control, which is being released on November 5, is JD’s most unique, original and rawest effort to date. During lockdown in 2020 along with playing live weekly on his socials, he began cutting tracks in his makeshift studio joined by longtime collaborator Adam Abrashoff on drums and the addition of his good friend, bassist-producer-engineer Adam Bednarik (Justin Townes Earle), where they mused and fused a proverbial “stew” of shared musical influences. The songs are a mix of the hill country trance blues of Junior Kimbrough, RL Burnside and Asie Payton, the hypnotic Afro Beat of Fela Kuti and Tony Allen and the psychedelic warps of Captain Beefheart, Funkadelic, and Jimi Hendrix. In that swirling mix is also some old school blues of John Lee Hooker, Earl Hooker and Lightnin Hopkins and the spice as well as the raw fuzzy rock of The Stooges and Nirvana. “It is a lot!” laughs JD, “but the idea of the lockdown and after fighting Covid, it just all came naturally from us. The feeling in the record is hope and mixing it up when your options justnarrow. We literally did what we know how to do to cope and that is what I am most proud of on Mind Control.” Mind Control is an artists record, the product of like minded musicians huddled in a humble setting, making music to make them feel good. JD says, “It is stark and revealing and the product of us using the creative process for therapy and the fun of playing music. I hope that what resonates for people is of course the music but also the vibe of the record which is a positive theme of growth, self help and also struggles with addiction and mental health baked inside a haunting, low down musical landscape. It’s raw, funky and real. ”JD will tour beginning in late September with GA-20 hitting all the cities he’s missed during this lockdown.

GA-20:

GA-20 was formed by friends Pat Faherty and Matthew Stubbs in Boston, MA in 2018. The project was born out of their mutual love of heavy traditional Blues, R&B, and Rock & Roll of the late 50s and early 60s. Faherty and Stubbs bonded over legendary artists like Lazy Lester, J.B. Lenoir, Earl Hooker, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Junior Wells. Feeling a void in current music, the duo have set out to write, record and perform a modern version of this beloved art form. Joined by drummer Tim Carman in 2019, GA-20 is a trio of 2 guitars, vocals and drums. Raw, passionate and honest performance, both on stage and in the studio, is the only goal.

GA-20 released their debut album “Lonely Soul” Oct 18th 2019 on Karma Chief / Colemine Records. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard blues charts. “Live: Vol. 1”, released the following year, debuted at #1 on the Billboard blues charts and brought the band’s live sound to a wider audience. Medium.com declared, “This is the kind of music that travels through time while taking from the era where it was born and turning it into something fresh. Dirty and raw…timeless and modern.” In June 2021 GA-20 announced the new album “GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor: Try It…You Might Like It!,” a 50th anniversary celebration of Hound Dog Taylor, to be released August 20 via Colemine Records in partnership with the legendary Alligator Records.

Stubbs has spent the past 13 years as guitarist for Blues legend Charlie Musselwhite. During that time he has also backed up and toured with such Blues giants as John Hammond, James Cotton, Junior Watson and James Harman. Stubbs also leads his own original instrumental psych-rock band, 'The Antiguas.’

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Record shop by day. Live music venue by night. Raleigh's home for all things music featuring national and locally touring bands, an extensive vinyl record selection and two full bars.

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