SIMO w/ MASQ at Volcanic
Fri, Jun 15 at 9pm
- ALL AGES
Nashville's SIMO is BACK at Volcanic Theatre Pub with their perfect blend of blues, rock, soul, and psychedelia. Helmed by guitar virtuoso JD Simo, the band is noted for their energetic and experimental LIVE performances as well as their latest two HIT records "Let Love Show The Way" and "Rise And Shine."
2015 brought the band its first tours out of the south. Opening shows for the likes of Gregg Allman, Deep Purple and participating in Joe Bonamassa's inaugural cruise. Also Elad Shapiro joined in early 2015 solidifying the lineup. The group received standing ovations on the two occasions they played the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville opening for both Allman and Deep Purple respectively. As well as opening shows, JD also frequently became a guest on stage with the likes of Blackberry Smoke, Joe Bonamassa, Trigger Hippy, and former Allman Brother Jack Pearson. JD also participated in the 100th Birthday celebration for Les Paul in Paul' hometown of Waukesha in August.
On the strength of their live show, growing fan base and a word of support from good friend Joe Bonamassa, the group ended up signing with Mascot Label Group in June 2015. They finished they're second record entitled "Let Love Show the Way" at the Allman Brothers former residence in Macon, Georgia which was released January 29, 2016 on CD, Vinyl and digital download.
The album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Blues chart in January 2016. The album garnered rave reviews and numerous national and international press such as No Depression, Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Relix, Guitar World and NPR. The band was featured on NPR's World Cafe which was broadcast nationally after the initial broadcast in late January on Philadelphia's WXPN. As a result, the band was featured at the annual Non Comm Festival the following June, which garnered positive reviews from their closing set for the convention. The band started its first full national tour in January 2016. Bringing them to over 37 states in just under 4 months, playing over 80 shows.
The group spent over 4 months total to make their sophomore album "Rise and Shine". Taking a completely different approach than any of their previous work, they experimented and stretched to make a highly detailed loosely based concept piece. JD claimed that much of the lyrical content was autobiographical and was hard for him to listen to at times because of its revealing nature. The album was released on September 15, 2017.