J.P. Reali's Roots & Blues Music

A veteran of the DC music scene, J.P. has evolved from his early days as lead guitar for the psychedelic blues band The Next Step, to half of the acoustic blues/roots duo The Reali Brothers in the 90's, to his current solo career. While J.P.’s repertoire is steeped in the traditions of Piedmont and Delta blues, it also showcases his original blues compositions in a conscious effort to keep these traditional styles alive. With 3 solo releases under his belt, Cold Steel Blues in 2007, Bottle of Blooze in 2010, The Road to Mississippi in 2012, J.P. currently has a new studio release out in 2019, A Highway Cruise.

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. He also received Washington Area Music Association nominations for Best Blues Instrumentalist, and Best Traditional Blues Recording.

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

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  • New CD Release
    A Highway Cruise
    A Highway Cruise features 5 new tunes from J.P. and bandmates Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Jim Haggerty, Mark Teixeira, Tom West and Dennis Brennan. Produced by Duke Levine and Chris Rival. Reali describes his new album as the realization of a dream and this fine showcase of his original compositions furthers his amazing musical journey and his mission to keep the traditional styles of blues and roots music alive.

    Available soon on CD Baby.

    1. My Baby Loves to Boogie
    2. The Ballad of a Burglar
    3. A Highway Cruise
    4. Blues For Casey
    5. Whiskey For Blood

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JP Reali photo photos by Michael G. Stewart
band photo by Duke Levine

Reviews Etc.

JP is thrilled to be nominated in 2 categories for the upcoming Wammie Awards, Best Blues Artist or Group for JP Reali, and Best Blues Album for A Highway Cruise. Anyone in DC, MD, VA can register and vote!! wammiesdc.org

J.P. REALI - A Highway Cruise: The comfy feel of some old pals finally making music together at long last powers this folkie/Americana ep by the DC pro and his New England pal. Back porch music for when the sun is going down and you still feel like hooting and hollering, this set is just a jumping, good old time.
–Midwest Record

Another great review!

A Highway Cruise #2 on RMR!!JP Reali photo
"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."
–'On Tap' magazine

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