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J.P. Reali


A veteran of the DC music scene for more than twenty years, J.P. Reali has played in numerous venues throughout the city.  From his days as the lead guitar player for  The Next Step in the 1980’s, to his days as half of the acoustic roots duo The Hudson  River Drifters in the 1990’s, through his most recent musical project as a dobro player with his stagehand co-workers in the West River Blues Crabs, J.P.’s playing has electrified listeners.  

After a 10 year hiatus from regular performing, JP and his brother, Chris Real, as the Hudson River Drifter’s released Between the Late Night and the Early Make Believe in 2006.  In April, 2007, J.P. released his long-awaited solo album, Cold Steel Blues featuring nine originals and six cover tunes by such blues greats as Robert Johnson,  Willie McTell, the Reverend Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt.

In July of 2010, Mr. Reali released his second solo album titled, Bottle of Blooze.  This album features
11 original compositions, nine by Mr. Reali and two by his frequent collaborator and brother Chris. 

 In late 2010, Mr. Reali earned some significant local recognition.  In October, he won the D.C. Blues Society Battle of the Bands in the solo/duo category, and in December was nominated for two Washington Area Music Awards , one for best traditional blues album and one for best blues instrumentalist.  He continues to perform his brand of pre-World War II style acoustic blues throughout the metropolitan area.

 He is a member of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, the Washington Area Music Association, The Baltimore Blues Society, and the D.C. Blues Society.

Watch Past Performances

Video 1/24/2012: J.P. Reali

Winner of the D.C. Blues Society Battle of the Bands for the second straight year, the guitarist is a veteran of the D.C. music scene for more than 25 years.

J.P. Reali