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Spotlight on The JD3 Band: Hampton's Blues-Rock Power Trio


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In the heart of Hampton, VA, a powerful musical force is making waves, known as The JD3 Band. With James Dowdy (JD) leading on guitar and vocals, Tom Bess grooving on bass, and Cole Morgan setting the rhythm on drums, this trio has quickly become a local favorite for their electrifying blues-rock performances.


Formed on New Year's Eve 2020, The JD3 Band sprang from an impromptu jam session. The chemistry was undeniable, leading JD, along with original members Eric Hawkins Jr. (former bassist) and Mark Earl, to pursue a serious musical endeavor. With changes in lineup bringing in Cole Morgan on drums in 2022 and Tom Bess on bass in 2023, the band reached new heights, never straying from their collaborative roots.


JD, the band's frontman, not only steers the band's creative direction but also manages its social media, marketing, and administrative duties. His life outside the band is filled with joy, celebrating five years of marriage with his wife Patricia and their son Jameson. Cole, a recent Navy veteran, shares his rhythm skills with students at the School of Rock in Virginia Beach, while Tom keeps the punk spirit alive with The Contactees.



The JD3 Band draws inspiration from legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, and ZZ Top, creating a sound that's deeply rooted in blues with a rock and roll edge. Their music is born from a blend of spontaneous jams and structured songwriting sessions, proving their commitment to originality and collaboration.


Known for their dynamic live shows, The JD3 Band thrives on improvisation and interaction with their audience, making each performance a unique experience. Currently working on their debut album, "Some Kind of Magic," set for release in Fall 2024, the band promises a collection of original tracks with minimal cover songs, showcasing their genuine artistry and passion for music.



With a strong presence on social media, especially Facebook and Instagram, The JD3 Band connects with fans and promotes their music and events with creativity and enthusiasm. Their message to emerging artists is clear: persist in your passion, embrace the challenges, and the rewards will follow.


For those eager to experience the raw energy and soulful sound of The JD3 Band, mark your calendars for their upcoming performance at The Vanguard in Hampton on June 28th. And for a sneak peek into their musical world, check out their YouTube and Spotify links.


The JD3 Band is more than just a musical group; they're a testament to the power of passion, collaboration, and the enduring appeal of blues-rock. Follow their journey as they continue to captivate audiences and contribute to the vibrant tapestry of the music scene.



"When Words Fail Music Speaks" - Hans Christian Andersen

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