A veteran of the DC music scene for almost thirty years, J.P. Reali has played in numerous venues throughout the city.  From his days as the lead guitar player in the psychedelic blues band The Next Step in the 1980’s, to his days as half of the acoustic blues/roots duo The Reali Brothers in the 1990’s, through his current solo career, J.P.’s playing has electrified listeners.  He has performed extensively throughout the east coast, and spent 16 weeks in residence in Japan thrilling listeners with his musical prowess.

In April 2007, J.P. released his long-awaited solo acoustic blues debut recording Cold Steel Blues.”  The album, which features nine originals and six cover songs by such blues greats as Robert Johnson and Reverend Gary Davis, showcases J.P.’s proficiency in both the delta and piedmont styles.  The independent recording was well received by local “guide to fun” magazine On Tap.

While J.P.’s repertoire is steeped in the traditions of Piedmont and Delta blues and includes such classics songs as Statesboro Blues, and Walkin’ Blues, it also showcases his original blues compositions in a conscious effort to keep these traditional styles alive in the 21st century.

In July of 2010 J.P. released his second self-produced album, “Bottle of Blooze."  This album features nine original songs by J.P. and two by his brother Chris Reali.  On Tap said of “Bottle of Blooze”– “Reali’s acoustic guitar picking is crystal clear and at times mesmerizing.  In a city where real blues can be hard to find Reali is a solid purveyor of the form.” 

J.P. won the D.C. Blues Society’s Battle of the Bands in the solo category in 2010 and 2011, and went on to compete in The International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee both years.  He also received Washington Area Music Association nominations for Best Blues Instrumentalist, and Best Traditional Blues Recording for 2010 and 2011. 

He is currently performing at a variety of venues and events in and around the D.C Metro region, and has an exciting new 2012 release of original music “The Road To Mississippi” available now.

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