J.D. Simo: The Best Guitarist in Nashville?

July 30th, 2014

By Damian Fanelli

J.D. Simo used to hold the highly coveted guitar spot in the Don Kelley Band in Nashville (top video), which has since been filled by the fleet-fingered Daniel Donato.

Now Simo has branched out on his own (bottom video).

Simo blends the best elements of blazing, tasteful, authoritative country guitar with several thousand spoonfuls of the best of Cream-era Eric Clapton — and a touch of Peter Green.

Don’t mind the headline; we’re merely asking the question. Let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!

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  1. Posted by rick wessel on July 30th, 2014, 15:56 [Reply]

    he seem to be playing for all the right reasons!!

  2. Posted by lee rosenblum on July 31st, 2014, 14:14 [Reply]

    Great player but, c’mon , can we all agree that “less is more”….????

  3. Posted by Your Mom on August 3rd, 2014, 09:27 [Reply]

    JD is fantastic, but this isn’t football. There is no best in Nashville. Also, people who say less is more can’t play more

  4. Posted by Rick on August 4th, 2014, 16:37 [Reply]

    Freddie King told me less is more back in 1974 and I do believe he could play a little bit. I saw Simo with Don Kelly in 2010. Pretty special player. The best? I don’t know. Does it really matter? He does seem to have the right roots providing the foundation for his playing.


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