In just a short time, John David Kent has made a big impression. With rich three-part harmonies and fresh twists on sounds that channel a mix of Waylon Jennings and Creedance Clearwater Revival, John David Kent’s songs instantly feel both unique and familiar. Their song, “My Girl,” garnered immediate attention after the video became the “Pick of the Week” recently on CMT.com and was added to CMT’s… Pure Country rotation. Due to the success of the video, the single is now shipping to radio.
While the band’s budding success is impressive on its own, Kent himself has a notable and vast musical history. Signed to Mercury Records by age sixteen, Kent began touring with “Radish,” the rock band he formed with childhood friend and now well-known artist, Ben Kweller. Soon after came recording and touring with the Lemonheads, a national tour with My Morning Jacket and various other acts, as well as appearances on Letterman and Conan. Kent has toured Japan, opened for major bands like Kings of Leon and Incubus, shared the stage with acts like Metallica and Snoop Dogg and done a Lollapalooza tour with Korn and Tool—all with an air of humility and gratitude.
Kent’s decision to take his music into the direction more rooted in country was an organic one. As a young child, Kent’s parents introduced him to a diverse array of music. He started playing drums at the age of 4 and he vividly remembers being drawn to the earthy stylings of musicians like John Denver, Willie Nelson and the Eagles. “When I came off the road with Ben Kweller and settled down with my family back in Texas, a lot of the songs I was writing were subconsciously coming out with a southern flavor,” says Kent. “I like taking the elements of traditional rock and country and blurring the lines. It’s a very natural evolution for me.”
As a producer and studio owner in his hometown of Celeste, TX, Kent assembled a band comprised of musicians he had worked with and “respected wholeheartedly as musicians.” The band includes Mike Graska (guitar and vocals), Jamey Gleaves (bass), Tony Kent (drums) and Jason Andrew (fiddle) who quickly realized their connection to Kent’s songs and natural chemistry.
JDK and his band just released their debut album in May 2011. They continue to tour throughout Texas and the southeast.