We’ve been following J.D. Shelburne on Twitter for quite a while now. We’ve listened to his music on his web site, We even went to YouTube to watch some of his videos. Recently, we started following him on Periscope. Have you all seen that? Pretty awesome, really.l People form all over the world broadcasting live – about anything. And, it’s an opportunity to see a live concert every night, without ever leaving home. Someone is always broadcasting country music rom somewhere.
Tonight I was watching J.D. drive through Nashville. He was broadcasting live, just driving, and talking. People were telling him where they worked, or what they did. Just making conversation. I mentioned that I had a country music web site. J.D. asked if I had anything about him on the web site, or if I’d posted a video. I honestly had to go back and check. I’ve been following him on various social media long enough, that I was really surprised to see there was nothing about J.D. on Country’s Chatter. That was definitely an over sight that needed corrected.
Those of you who have been reading Country’s Chatter for the past nine years know that I am a real fan of traditional country music. I’ve been learning how to bend, where the new sounds are concerned. And, I almost like some of today’s country/rock, country/pop, and country/whatever else they are calling it these days. But, I’ll always be a fan of real country music. So, when I went to Google tonight, and typed in J.D.’s name so I could head back over to his web site, I was a little surprised to see it say, “J.D. Shelburne/the Official Site of Country Rocker”. Country Rocker? No, I don’t think so.
Hometown, Farmboy, Small Town Star, Grandma & Garth and even Girl I met on a Beach are so much closer to real country music than anything we’re hearing on the radio today. If you haven’t already figured it out– we like J.D. Shelburne. And, we think our readers will, too. He talked a little on Periscope about his expanding fan base. I get that. As soon as you hear him, you will be a fan, too.
I’m going to share a little of his bio with all of you – but I hope you will go to his web site, and read it all. The opening paragraph pretty much tells you the story….In the last few years, JD Shelburne has become one of Kentucky’s fastest rising stars, with album credits, countless shows, a loyal fan base, charity work that has raised thousands of dollars and a list full of accolades that sets Shelburne apart from the rest. Country Artist JD Shelburne grew up on a tobacco farm in Taylorsville, KY, a tiny town southeast of the Ohio River near Louisville KY. At age 19, he found a guitar after the death of his grandmother and began learning to play and sing on his own. By his sophomore year of college, he had found a few gigs at some local bars in the Louisville, KY and Lexington, KY area and developed a fan-base that eventually landed him on some of the biggest stages in the business, opening for some of the nation’s hottest stars. Eventually, Shelburne was adding original songs into the set mix, in addition to producing songs of his own material.
He has an impressive resume, which, in addition to some great music, includes sharing the stage with more than 50 national acts that included Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Kellie Pickler, Steve Wariner and Clay Walker; and, he’s played venues that included the Kentucky State Fair, KFC Center, Freedom hall and Churchill Downs. He’s had articles written about him in Country Weekly Magazine, Kentucky Monthly Magazine, and the Huffington Post, as well as others.
I looked at his list of upcoming shows on his web site, and I don’t believe there is anywhere in the Nashville area, or Kentucky, that he hasn’t played. I hope we get to catch him on stage sometime soon.
Yes, I already picked out a favorite JD Shelburne song – for me, it’s Grandma & Garth. No, wait, I think it was Small Town Star. Or, maybe it was…. Just go to his web site and listen to his music, you will understand why I am having such a hard time picking out one favorite! I once heard someone say that you only need four things to write a great country song: three chords and a good story. I believe J.D. uses more than three chords, but the man always has a good story. I know that, because every one of his songs is great.
I’m going to share his video with you – It’s for the song “Hometown. Listen to this, and let me know what you think. I know we’re going to have quite a few new J.D. Shelburne fans by the end of the night.
In addition to J.D.’s web site, visit his Facebook page, and remember to ‘Like” it while you are there. spend a little time on YouTube, where you will see some live performances, and even a clip from his St. Jude fundraiser. He has an Instagram, too. You can follow him on Twitter @JDSHELBURNE. If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you. You will find us @countryschatter.
Back with more soon!