“Great pop-rock...smart guitars and tuneful melody making...riff-happy rockers that never forgo the catchy parts.”
— The Washington Post
Jonathan Mudd is a Washington, DC-based singer/songwriter/guitarist. Over the years, he's made his home in Chapel Hill, NC, Atlanta, GA, and San Francisco, CA, recording and touring with The Shake, Land of Giants and Jo Jo Ex-Mariner before going it alone.
Now with four critically acclaimed solo albums to his credit, Jonathan performs both alone and with his crack live band, The Powers That Be: bassist Cal Everett, guitarist/pedal steel player Buddy Griffin, keyboardist Ed O'Connell, and percussionist Chuck Sullivan.
In 2005, Jonathan released his first solo record, “Any Good Heaven.” The Washington Post called it “great pop-rock...smart guitars and tuneful melody making...a fetching collection of riff-happy rockers that never forgo the catchy parts.”
Jonathan’s 2010 follow-up was "Truth Lies.” A four-star review in Blurt raved: “'Truth Lies' has all the requisite power-pop hallmarks: meaty guitar riffs atop propulsive rhythms; instantly hummable melodies and a keen sense of dynamics; lyrics about loving and losing and getting back together, all with an undercurrent of reflection and redemption.” The Washington City Paper pointed to "Run Amelia" as the album's stand-out track: "a slinky power-pop kiss-off laced with a chunky, riff-addled chorus...this N.C.-bred power-popper's mendacity anthem is the truth."
“Evidence,” released in January of 2017, featured ten big-hearted songs that came big on the grooves and heavy on the hooks. Wrote critic Fred Mills in his four-star (out of five) review of the album: "What [Mudd] is doing is demonstrating an uncommonly confident mastery of the pop form, from the songs’ arrangements (dude has more hooks than a bait and tackle shop) to the glistening production."
Jonathan's latest effort is 2019's "(re)animate," a stripped-down affair that re-imagines the very best of his songs as intimate acoustic arrangements. The album is delicately colored by a wide array of acoustic and electric instruments--from pedal steel and piano to cabasa and cajon, from dobro and trumpet to synthesizer and ukulele.
Over the course of his career, Jonathan has played venues small and large, including The Birchmere, The Fillmore, The Hamilton, The Barns at Wolf Trap and Jammin' Java in the DC area; the Rialto Theater and Cat's Cradle in North Carolina; The Point and Cotton Club in Atlanta; and 108 Masonic in San Francisco. When he's not playing his original music, he can be heard on tour nationally with the Beach Boys tribute act Still Surfin'.