JD Hobson Band
Outlaw Blues: Bob Dylan, Howlin’ Wolf, and the Black Keys on the run!
When the Delta Blues meet Outlaw Country and Americana you get a whole new genre. JD Hobson takes his Virginia Appalachian blues roots and combines it with Seattle’s Americana scene, and a sound is created, and it's called Outlaw Blues!
“Hobson's brand of bluesy Americana is steeped in rich outlaw tradition.” (Seattle Weekly Reverb Magazine)
JD Hobson was born and raised in Seattle, yet his father comes from the Appalachian blues country of Virginia. The music that drifted up from a juke joint named the Dewdrop Inn in Martinsville Virginia made a permanent impression on JD’s father when he was a child. The seed was planted in JD as he grew up listening to his father’s music on the radio.
Studying under greats like John Jackson, David Honeyboy Edwards, and John Cephis at Centrum in Port Townsend helped JD hone his craft. The end result is that JD has an exceptional feel for most roots music. His ability to grasp every nuance down to the minutest inflection has become his hallmark.
JD played for years as a solo artist. Multiple guitars in multiple tunings with a stomp box to hold down the foot tapping beat. From sweet slide, to intricate finger picking, he proved his skill and versatility in the trenches. The JD Hobson Band is the natural evolution of JD's solo career. It is a four piece composed of: Guitar, Upright Bass, Drums, and Hammond B3 (w/ Leslie speaker)
DJ’s nationally and internationally stood up and took note in 2013 when JD Hobson’s “Where the Sun Don’t Shine” hit #8 on the Freeform American Roots Chart, and #26 on the Roots Music Report chart in addition to hitting #3 on KEXP’s Blues chart.
“This music is about reaching down deep and coming up with something authentic and timeless. The trials, sadness, and triumphs of people here in America continue on today, only dressed in different clothes. Times have changed, but we inherit the blues.” – JD
“Where the Sun Don't Shine is a wonderfully assured album, with what can only be described as a flawless salvo of opening tracks.” -Leicester Bangs Magazine
“This is an assured and solid album that suggests that the Seattle-based JD Hobson Band will have fans when they play there and with audiences further afield.”- Lonesome Highway
“Hobson's brand of bluesy Americana is steeped in rich outlaw tradition. His latest blends originals and covers seamlessly, making it hard to tell which are which, and that's a compliment.” -Seattle Weekly Reverb Magazine
As the winner of the South Sound Blues Associations Back to Beale Street solo/duo competition, JD competed in Memphis at the 2010 and 2011 International Blues Challenges.
JD was also nominated by the Washington Blues Society members for a 2011 Best of the Blues award in the best solo/duo category.