Making a Scene Presents an Interview with J.P. Reali
A veteran of the DC music scene, J.P. has evolved from his early days as lead guitar for the psychedelic blues band The Next Step, to half of the acoustic blues/roots duo The Reali Brothers in the 90’s, to his current solo career. While J.P.’s repertoire is steeped in the traditions of Piedmont and Delta blues, it also showcases his original blues compositions in a conscious effort to keep these traditional styles alive. With 3 solo releases under his belt, Cold Steel Blues in 2007, Bottle of Blooze in 2010, The Road to Mississippi in 2012, J.P. currently has a new studio release out in 2019, A Highway Cruise.
J.P. won the D.C. Blues Society’s Battle of the Bands in the solo category in 2010 and 2011, and went on to compete in The International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee. He also received Washington Area Music Association nominations for Best Blues Instrumentalist, and Best Traditional Blues Recording.