SIMO is an American rock band formed in 2010. The group is notable for having virtuoso guitarist JD Simo as the centerpiece and namesake. A blues-based band that also incorporates extended improvisation into its live sets, they have released one album, with another planned for release in 2015.
In 2010, bassist Frank Swart contacted guitarist Simo about setting up a jam session with drummer Abrashoff. Swart and Abrashoff, both accredited musicians with numerous previous groups under their belts, had played extensively together previously. After growing dissatisfied with session work and backing other groups, Simo readily accepted. After playing for three hours without stopping, the group decided to move forward and form a band.
After recording and releasing their first album in 2011, SIMO toured the central United States extensively. Since that time, they have performed at music festivals including Mountain Jam, the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, and Bonnaroo .