J. D. Simo

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JD Simo
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JD performing with SIMO in 2014
Background information
Born Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2000–present
Associated acts The Don Kelley Band, SIMO, Joe Bonamassa
Website www.simo.fm

J. D. Simo (born c. 1985)[1] is an American guitarist, singer-songwriter, and member of SIMO.


Simo grew up in Chicago.[2] He began playing guitar at the age of five. By age 15, Simo had already formed a band and released a live EP recorded in Phoenix Arizona, which sold 5,000 copies.[2] He quickly earned a strong local following in the Phoenix area, pleasing crowds of all ages with dynamic stage performances that showcased his guitar skills. He spent most of his teenage years touring, either in his own solo endeavors or in various other bands.

In the winter of 2006 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he established himself as the lead guitarist in the Don Kelley Band. This led to Simo's employment as an in-demand session musician. Simo continued to play in this capacity until 2011.

In the beginning of 2010, he joined bassist Frank Swart and drummer Adam Abrashoff to form the rock band SIMO. They spent much of 2011 on tour and released their debut album in November. They closed out the year with a homecoming show at The Basement in Nashville, the site of their first show. Sundazed Records released a vinyl single of Shake It/AoH off their debut album on January 25, 2013. SIMO was featured at several festivals including Mountain Jam and Bonnaroo in the summer of 2013.

Simo maintains an online blog, featuring videos of his playing style as well as information about vintage music equipment. In addition, Simo often films promotional videos for Carter Vintage Guitars in Nashville, Tennessee.


  • Burning Live EP (2000)
  • One Night Stand (2002)
  • The Other Side of Me (2004)
  • J.D. Simo Live! (2005)

with SIMO:

  • SIMO (2011) (album)
  • Shake It/Aoh (single, 2011)
  • Love Vol. 1 (2015) (four song EP recorded live at Mercy Lounge, Nashville)
  • Let Love Show The Way (2016) (album)
  • Rise & Shine (2017)


  1. ^ Lengel, Kerry (2000) "AZ SPINS: Burnin' Live!", Arizona Republic, August 3, 2000, p. 20
  2. ^ a b Dominic, Serene (2003) "I'm Eighteen!", Phoenix New Times, September 11, 2003, retrieved 2011-06-24

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