J.D. Hutchison has been called “One of the most famous performers nobody’s heard of.” In fact, although he has chosen to live a quiet life in the Appalachian hills, J.D. has had a profound influence on four generations of musicians, from coast to coast, through his live performances, his early still-collected recordings with The Hutchison Brothers, and through the recordings of his remarkable compositions by Hot Rize, Robert Earl Keen, KT Oslin and more. His capacity for the singular turn of phrase assures his place as one of the original songwriters and performers to come from the music now called Americana. J.D. Hutchison and Realbilly Jive’s latest CD, You and The World Outside, is a collaboration between J.D. and the band and longtime friend, Grammy winner Tim O’Brien.
Realbilly Jive features Mimi Hart (vocals), John Borchard (guitar and steel guitar), Dave Borowski (bass and vocals), and Jim Smailes (guitar and vocals) and brings together a wide range of musical influences, tastes, and experiences to form a singular and expressive whole. Blues, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B, ‘50s and ‘60s pop, Western swing, and Appalachian mountain music are apparent in their repertoire – in addition to a large number of J.D.’s original compositions. The arrangements of twin guitars parts, plenty of lovely harmonies with a mix of lead singers, makes for a rare night. When added to J.D.’s lyrical and musical sensibilities, the result is a unique amalgam and expression of a large swath of American music. And now: right in our own backyard!