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JD PRIEST - FALLING FORWARD

JD Priest's CD "FALLING FORWARD" is an easy listening journey through the varied musical styles that JD has made his own. It's Pop, it's Rock & it's Country all together in an friendly meeting... no fightin' here. It's not a look-a-like Artist or CD, JD PRIEST stands on his own with his vaired musicality, sensitivity, and edgyness. Listen to this CD and then listen to this CD... and you'll enjoy it differently each time for different reasons.
You can check out all JD's songs on the CD for yourself on the CDBABY and you'll hear what's up with that... I mean.... what I'm saying.

- John Reed


As I strolled through the front door of the tasting room, JD Priest and his band (JD – acoustic guitar/harmonica, Matt Workman – lead guitar, James Brecker – bass, Trevor Monks – drums) were in the middle of a cool rendition of “The Girl From Ipanema,” the bossa nova standard most famously sung by Astrud Gilberto. Not the song choice I would expect from a bluesy rock band, but one that certainly piqued my interest and proved that there’s more to JD Priest than just 12-bar based blues/rock. Their take felt natural and self-assured – completely un-forced – the song came naturally to them. An impressive way to start.

Of course, JD and boys can rev things up as well, and did so with a rousing rendition of “Mustang Sally.” Each band member took a signature solo (highlighted by Matt Workman’s blistering fretwork) and the crowd really got into it, singing the song’s famous refrain “ride, Sally, ride.” A few women took to dancing in the aisles and the evening started to heat up. Let the good times roll!


Photo by Loren Scott

JD Priest lead his band through a mix of original songs (“Raindrops”) and awesome covers (Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, ZZ Top, Steppenwolf) throughout the rest of the night. They included a fiddle player for their 2nd set, which added to their energetic and intense playing, culminating in a wicked version of the blues standard “Have You Ever Loved A Woman?” Most of us know the version recorded by Derek & The Dominos, but JD stayed closer to the original arrangement by Freddie King – leaner & meaner. JD moved to harmonica for the tune, leaving Matt as the only guitarist, and once again, Matt impressed with his bluesy licks and running lines. I closed my eyes and envisioned a young Buddy Guy – seriously, Matt Workman is that good.

Of course, the entire band smokes – they sound like they’ve been playing together for years. They’re a tight, cohesive unit, full of confidence and exuding all kinds of fun. Kinda reminds me of the Black Crowes – soulful, powerful, bluesy, versatile. And like the Crowes, the JD Priest Band plays music that is joyful and infectious…music that makes you feel damn good to be alive.


Photo by Loren Scott

JD Priest plays solo gigs and with his band all throughout the greater Temecula Valley area, Inland Empire, and Orange County, so there’s no excuse not to check him out. His next Temecula show is this coming Friday, May 14th, at Stellar Cellar. Stop in, order a glass of wine, sit back, and enjoy life.
- Chris Baptiste


Discography

Time To Move On - 2012
Christmastime Again - 2011
Falling Forward - 2008
Sum of Soul - 2000

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Dynamic singer, songwriter, musician and performer JD PRIEST plays a variety of different instruments Harmonica, Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin and Bass, but it is his uniquely identifiable voice that sets him apart. JD’s soulful, bluesy vocalistic style has a wide range with versatility and power to match. He uses clever hooks and catchy melodies that are joyful and infectious, along with passionate vocal interpretations to captivate and deliver his lyrical message directly to the listener’s heartstrings.