One of the few acts at this year’s HullabaLOU hailing from the Bluegrass state, this Taylorsville, Kentucky native claims Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and Keith Urban among his major musical influences. He’s opened for Kellie Pickler, The Kentucky Headhunters, John Michael Montgomery and Shannon Lawson just to name a few.
With a production deal signed on Music Row down in Nashville, Tennesse and his record debut release back in July 2009, the sky is the limit for Shelburne. His website describes his musical style as “Southern rock, mixed with mainstream country and authentic singer-songwriter musicianship at its finest. The music is emotionally-driven, laden with songs from the heart, about the heart, vulnerable and honest.”
Childhood in Taylorsville, Kentucky is just one of the influences in JD’s life. According to HullabaLOUfest.com, his biggest inspiration followed a great loss. After beginning college at the University of Kentucky, J.D.’s dearest grandmother passed unexpectedly the summer between his freshman/ sophomore year of college. In the midst of confusion, loss and clean up of his grandmother house...an acoustic guitar was discovered and stumbled upon. “I never saw that guitar until days after she died...and I swear my brother and I trampled all over her house throughout our childhood years. I swear this was an instance that was meant to happen." states J.D.
He picked up that guitar, learned how to play and after a year of frustrating practices and broken strings, found himself up on his first stage… and hasn’t come down since. He’s played all over Louisville, Lexington and Nashville and all cities in-between.
You’ll find Shelburne on the Friday line-up for HullabaLOU so be sure to see this up and coming country music sensation!
For more information and photo courtesy of: www.jdshelburne.com