Big melodies. Big guitars. Big beats. And maybe even a few big ideas.

This is Jonathan Mudd.

Singer, songwriter, guitar player...veteran of pop and rock combos out of North Carolina, Atlanta, San Francisco and Washington, DC...plugging away as ever...and just now hitting his musical stride.

Now
on the heels of two critically lauded solo albums (The Washington Post called his debut "great pop-rock")comes a brand new record: "Evidence."

Ten hard-swinging rock and roll songs about danger, romance...and the obstacle course we call life.

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Stripped 

Happy new year, friends. I hope you're off to a great 2018.

I hear a lot of people moan and groan about last year, but I really enjoyed 2017. I had some wonderful experiences with my wife and family. I got to go on tour with Still Surfin', the terrific Beach Boys tribute band I'm in. I contributed to some very cool recording projects led by friends both old and new. And I released my third--and best, I believe--solo record, "Evidence." Yeah, some bad shit happened in the world last year, but closer to home, 2017 was a-okay.

Thanks to everyone who came out to see one of my acoustic shows last Fall. It's been really fun playing solo and with various musical pals, and a cool challenge to strip the songs down to their essence and try to get them across live.

In fact, I've been liking it so much I've decided to take a selection of favorite songs from my three albums and re-imagine them as acoustic numbers.

I've already started cutting tracks, and I'll be in and out of the studio finishing them this winter. Some of the songs will be just me singing and playing acoustic guitar, really spare. Others will feature embellishments from some of my musical friends. But all will lean toward straightforward acoustic sounds--you know, stripped. I've even got a few offbeat covers to throw into the mix. It's gonna be fun, and if all goes as planned, I'll release the stuff in the spring.

Until then, hang in there and be cool.

Jonathan

Going live! 

Hey, folks. 

I'm psyched to announce a couple of shows coming up in the DC area--and I hope you'll put 'em on your calendar!

The first is on Saturday, September 16 at The Hamilton. For one night, I'll get to "be" one of the Heartbreakers, performing Tom Petty's classic "Damn the Torpedoes" album from start to finish. It's what they call a "dream discs" show, and I'll get to share the stage with some terrific area musicians and singers (including my pal and musical running-mate Cal Everett, with whom I play in the touring Beach Boys tribute band Still Surfin'). Come check it out!

A week or so later, on Tuesday, September 26, I'll be playing at the Birchmere music hall in Alexandria, VA. This will be the third time I've played the Birch, and I think it'll be the most special.

First of all, I'll be opening for a trio of real legends: Chris Hillman (yeah, of the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers), Herb Pedersen (who's played with everyone from Emmylou Harris to Jerry Garcia), and John Jorgenson (no doubt one of the great acoustic/electric guitarists going today).

Second, I'll be playing with two of my best friends and favorite musicians: Cal Everett--see above, a rock idol of mine ever since he fronted the great new wave band Four Out of Five Doctors--and Joe Adams--my bandmate and songwriting partner in Jo Jo Ex-Mariner and one of the finest guitarists I've ever heard, much less played with. Joe, Cal and I will be performing songs from all three of my solo records, and I'm really looking forward to it.

Come out and rock!

Jonathan

I'm a Wedge! 

Hey, folks!

First, I want to say thanks to everyone who has taken the time to check out my new record, "Evidence."

I have heard from so many friends (dare I say "fans"?) since the album was released, and the kind words really mean a lot. Knowing that you guys are listening makes the effort that went into the project well worth it.

Here is a really thoughtful review of "Evidence" that was published this week by the folks at Blurt Magazine. If you do not read Blurt, you should--it is a terrific music outlet (and I would say that even if they'd panned my stuff!).

Finally...I am super-excited to share this new video for "The Wedge." I hope it rocks your boat.

Jonathan

Welcome! 

Hey, thanks for visiting my new website! 

I guess I've been missing in action for a while, so I appreciate you stopping by. 

The fact is, I've been working on this new record—writing, rehearsing, recording, refining. 

Oh, yeah...and...uh...you know, working in a factory and raising a family and sitting in traffic and watching sports on TV. 

Anyway, I'm really glad that "Evidence" is finally out there for folks to hear, and I hope it becomes part of the soundtrack for your own great 2017. 

I intend to make time to blog in this space, so please check back periodically—and let me hear what's on your mind in the "comments" section below. 

Rock onward, 

Jonathan