The song is a blueprint for reinvigorating the fusion of jazz improvisation, downhome blues and classic R&B, as well as these genres’ psychedelic Brit Invasion and countrified Southern-rock manifestations. The rest of the record follows suit, a souped-up vehicle transporting the band on a deeply satisfying, off-the-cuff musical journey.
Cut entirely live in full, unbroken takes—vocals and solos included—the sound is primal, sweltering and immediate. “We live and die by the take,” says singer-guitarist JD Simo. “We don’t edit, and if there are overdubs, they’re minimal. I want it to be unaffected and pure. For me, the music that always resonates most is when a performance is captured. That’s what I love, and that’s what we go for.” The first album ever recorded at Macon, Ga.’s Big House—the communal home of the Allman Brothers Band during their late ‘60s/early ‘70s heyday—Let Love Show the Way finds SIMO not just reveling in the hallowed space’s unique mojo and history, but taking it to a fresh and inspired place. As a musical unit, Simo, his longtime drummer Adam Abrashoff and bassist Elad Shapiro have an undeniable chemistry, taken to even greater heights with JD playing Duane Allman’s 1957 gold-top Les Paul for every track on the record. This is the same six-string heard on the first two Allman Brothers LPs, the same storied guitar that delivered the unforgettable riff on Derek & the Dominoes’ “Layla.” JD is now part of an elite group of artists—including Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and Wilco’s Nels Cline—who share the rare honor of having wielded this talismanic instrument. MARKETING & PROMOTION •Adverts and interviews in popular music magazines. •CD will be serviced to many magazines for reviews and features •Visibility on major internet music sites for blues, classic rock and guitar enthusiasts. •Intensive social media campaign targeting blues and (vintage) rock fans. •Funds available for retail campaigns, positioning and listening posts •SIMO will support Walter Trout and Beth Hart during their EU fall shows; the band is during that period available for promo. SELLING POINTS •Recorded at the legendary Big House in Macon (Georgia), the communal home of the Allman Brothers Band. •According to Joe Bonamassa, front man JD Simo is the one that has what it takes to become the star of the next generation blues guitarists. •"J. D. Simo spins soulful psychedelic blues rock with an improvisational bent reminiscent of the Grateful Dead and Stevie Ray Vaughan”, - Rolling Stone. •"With their styling, musical references, and equipment drawn from the 1960s, it would be easy to dismiss Simo as some sort of ironic retro lark. Nothing could be further from the truth. Like Jack White and The Black Keys, JD Simo and his band have taken what was great about the rock music of another era—warm tone, direct emotions, freedom to experiment—and adapted it to now.” - Premiere Guitar