1. Hi JD, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Grew up in a smalltown called Taylorsville, KY. After the death of my grandmother in June of 2002, I discovered a guitar in her house right after her death – my freshman year in college. Self taught while in College. Graduated college in 2007 and moved to Nashville in 2008. Performed shows from 2004-2008 and moved to Nashville. Over the last 10 years, I have performed over 2000 shows with features on CMT, GAC, NBC, Country Weekly and many other National Publications. Also opened for 50 National Acts.
2. How did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it? The first time I heard Garth Brooks in 1992. Something about his music just pulled me in and then my parents took me to his concert in 1992 and I have been hooked ever since. When I discovered the guitar in 2002, my life changed on an instant and I begin teaching myself to play and everything fell into place shortly after.
3. Who are some of your musical icons? Garth, Alan, John Michael, Clay Walker etc.
4. How did you come up the name of your newest EP “Two Lane Town?” It is lyrics from one of the songs on the album “Young Again” – Also Two Lane Town kind of described Taylorsville, where I grew up. Once you get to know me and my music, you’ll hear a lot about a small town upbringing. The title Two Lane Town just fit. The fans selected that title earlier in the year on a Facebook contest.
5. What is the background story behind your song “One Less Girl?” My neighbor Mark Nesler co-wrote it. Google him – he has had a huge career. I knew the moment I heard this song it was special. The moment I played it for the folks at CMT they told me, “that is your song” – I shot a video for it and the rest is history. Currently going for adds now at radio.
6. Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019? I will release my second single and continue playing shows, meeting fans and climbing the ladder to more of my goals. I am expecting big thing in 2019. It seems I always top the year prior. 2018 has been a tremendous year for us. This one will be hard to top.
7. If you could sing a duet with any famous singer or group who would it be and why? Garth or Goo Goo Dolls. 2 of my top bands of all time.
8. Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years? The music business is constantly changing but I hope see myself performing with a #1 Billboard single under my belt. We will see – I have worked extremely hard for it. It has also been a dream of mine since finding that guitar, to have a #1 single and to play the Grand Ole Opry. I am waiting on both to happen.
9. What is one of your favorite quotes? “Just Do It” – so simple and yet so true. I did.
10.Is there anything else you would like to share? Currently video is on CMT. That has been exciting. Check out our website and look for us on tour in your area soon. Visit jdshelburne.com.
Country musician J.D. Shelburne grew up on a tobacco farm in Taylorsville, KY. Taylorsville is a small town southeast of the Ohio River. At 19, Shelburne started to play the guitar after the passing of his grandmother and he begin learning to play and sing on his own. In his sophomore year of college, he played a couple of shows at local bars in Louisville/Lexington, KY area and grew a fan-based that eventually acquired him on some of the largest stages in the business.
In the next couple years he moved to Nashville to become a country musician. Since living in Nashville, he has played with over 50 national acts raging from artists like Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Kellie Pickler and Craig Morgan. Shelburne had also performed at some of the most popular venues like the Historic Ryman Auditorium, Rupp Arena, Murphy Center, KFC Yum Center and the Old Cardinal Stadium which recently drew the Kentucky State Fair’s biggest crowd of the concert series and Shelburne played “God Bless America,” pervious to the 2016 Quaker 400 NASCAR race at the Kentucky Speedway to over 100,000 attendees.
He has also been a part of the Country Weekly Magazine, Kentucky Alumni Magazine, and Kentucky Monthly Magazine between other national publications including the Huffington Post. His first music video “Farmerboy” increased him thousands of new fans by airing on the TNN Top 10 Countdown nationwide on Heartland TV network, and ZUUS Country Network. In 2015, he made his nationwide debut on GAC (Great American Country Network) and also CMT.com. His second video “Hometown,” was written about the end of his tiny town. On October 21, 2015 Shelburne debuted at #1 all over the southeast as well as over 300 festivals. His outfits have been shown on show at the Kentucky Derby Museum at the Historic Churchill Downs from his appearances at the Kentucky Derby. In 2016, he was asked to be a part of the Kentucky State Capitol for the State Senate as well as the House of Representatives he played his own cover of “My Old Kentucky Home,” for both parties. Shelburne was also named an Honorable Kentucky Colonel and was given the honor of “Admiral” by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Also in 2016, the University of Kentucky’s College of Communication and Information named him their 2016 Most Outstanding Alumnus. On September 18, 2018 Shelburne made his World Premiere on CMT.
In 2017, Shelburne put out his first official music video for “Better Man,” that was filmed in Midway/Millville, KY. The music video made its Network Television debut on Great American Country (GAC) on June 23, 2017. Also in 2017, Shelburne was a guest chef Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with celebrity chef host Guy Fieri at his restaurant, along Guy was Travis Tritt and NFL Legend Jerry Rice. In September 2017, Shelburne was on NBC Network and performed the National Anthem at the NSCAR XS Myrtle Beach 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
In 2018, Shelburne put out his EP “Two Lane Town,” which is available both on Spotify and iTunes. His newest song just came out last week and it is a cover of the wonderful Christmas song “I’ll Be Home for Christmas. If you would like to find out more about JD Shelburne then check at his website at http://www.jdshelburne.com.