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JD Simo and GA-20 Tour 2021

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Friday, November 19, 2021 - 8:30pm
Event Time: 
November 19, 2021 - 9:00pm
$15 Advance, $18 Day of Show

On Friday, November 19, the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes the JD Simo & GA-20 Tour 2021 to the WOW Hall.



Chicago-born, now Nashville transplant JD Simo 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 in '20, 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.

The Hill country trance blues of Junior Kimbrough, RL Burnside and Asie Payton; the hypnotic Afro Beat of Fela Kuti and Tony Allen; the 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 – all influence the music of Mind Control.  

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 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 alongside a haunting, low down musical landscape.  It's raw, funky and real.  Such is life.

Rolling Stone lauded, "J.D. Simo spins soulful psychedelic blues rock with an improvisational bent reminiscent of the Grateful Dead and Stevie Ray Vaughan”.   His current album was released on August 21, 2020 and was recorded at The Sound Emporium in Nashville (Alabama shakes, Robert Plant, Jason Isbell) and produced by Eddie Spear (Brandi Carlisle, Chris Stapleton). 

JD also worked on the Baz Lurhman directed Warner Bros Elvis biopic starring Tom Hanks as Col Tom Parker under the music supervision of Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlisle), playing all guitar and co-scoring the entire movie. 




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Guitar World: GA-20’s Matthew Stubbs


Born out of a mutual love of heavy traditional 50s-60s era Blues/R&B/Rock & Roll, retro blues-wailers GA-20 was formed by Pat Faherty and Matthew Stubbs (Charlie Musselwhite Band) after bonding over legendary artists like Lazy Lester, J.B. Lenoir, Earl Hooker, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Junior Wells.  Now a trio featuring two lead guitars, vocals and drummer Tim Carman, the music is raw, passionate and honest. 

GA-20’s debut album Lonely Soul (Karma Chief/Colemine Records) was released in Fall 2019 and a live EP (Live Vol. 1) debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart in October 2020). 

This year GA-20 released Try It…You Might Like ItGA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor.  The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Charts in August.  “..sweat-soaked, rough and tumble, restless blues,” notes American Songwriter.  “It’s a non-stop party highlighting not just Taylor’s music but GA-20’s powerful approach.”

Ga-20’s self-penned songs sound as fresh and real as the old blues they love and perform, including songs by Otis Rush, J.B. Lenoir, Howlin’ Wolf, Junior Wells and especially their favorite, the legendary six-fingered Chicago bluesman Hound Dog Taylor.

Theodore Roosevelt “Hound Dog” Taylor always knew how he wanted to be remembered, declaring, “When I die they’ll say, ‘he couldn’t play shit, but he sure made it sound good!’’  His first full-length recording in 1971 was also the first album of the now world-famous Alligator Records, Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers.  In fact, label president Bruce Iglauer founded Alligator for the sole purpose of recording and releasing that album.

Try It…You Might Like It! GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor, released on Colemine Records, features 10 songs written or performed by the Chicago blues legend including “She’s Gone”, “Sadie” and “Give Me Back My Wig”.  GA-20 delivers one blistering track after another.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.  Doors open at 8:30 pm and showtime is 9:00.

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