JP Cutler is easily identified as that rare form of guitarist/songwriter, an original
whose work somehow feels familiar. Even though JP has yet to release his first
full-length recording, he's been mesmerizing audiences throughout the Bay Area
with his deft finger-picking and suspended tonal inventions. Doubling up as an
instrumental guitarist, doing shows with Kaki King and Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Editor Teja Gerken, and band leader, JP is on a sonic conquest merging American
finger-picking styles with baritone vocal melodies, psychodelic electronic soundscapes
and Indian rhythmic textures. JP has shared bills with ALO, Samanatha Stollenwerck,
Ten Mile Tide, Hyim & The Fat Foakland Orchestra, Garrin Benfield, Justin
King and others. At Café Du Nord on Wednesday, February 22nd, he'll be
joined by James Nash (The Waybacks) on electric guitar, David Phillips on pedal
steel, Sam Bevan (David Grisman) on acoustic bass, and Micha Patri on drum kit.
His band appeared at High Sierra Music Festival in 2005.
Just on the San Francisco scene for a short while, JP has already placed music
in several independent films. This past Summer, he contributed three original
tracks to the PBS documentary "Beyond The Dream: California and the Rediscovery
of America." JP's versatility lends to a lot of his film work as he is
a prominent slide guitar player often emulating the music of Ry Cooder but also
very much creating his own sound. His most recent work is with Oscar winning
filmmaker Haskell Wexler ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Canadian
Bacon") and his new movie "Who Needs Sleep," which debuted at
Sundance 2006. This film includes interviews with Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks and
Paul Newman. JP is also currently performing with the San Francisco Zen Center
lecture series at the First Unitarian Universalist Church throughout the months
of March and April 2006.
Raised in Minneapolis and relocated to San Francisco after attending Oberlin
College, JP notes that fellow Minnesotan Leo Kottke is undeniably an unprecedented
influence in his music. He however utilizes his technical prowess, love of Middle-Eastern/Indian
music, and rock sensibility to create music of his own design. His beautifully
aggressive and quietly emotive instrumental pieces, and his unique baritone
vocal stylings separate this protean player from the pack. The San Francisco
Bay Guardian notes that "JP Cutler whispered his vocals over droning
tunes that moved between spare contemplation and heavy metal saturation via
an idiosyncratic fingerpicking guitar style reminiscent of NPR darling Kaki
King. Cutler sounded great...."
JP is currently in the studio recording his debut EP. Keep an eye out for this
kid! He's mixing it up Americana-stylee!!!