Founder, singer, and head writer of Madrone, the nationally acclaimed rock act from Virginia. www.madroneonline.com
Sutphin calls music “my birth right” and he’s not kidding. His grandfather, Jim Freeman was a music leader within the country and bluegrass scene of the 1960’s and 70’s. He toured the country, recorded several albums, appearing on dozens of radio and television stations and even taught college level music theory.
Tragically his life was cut short on the 4th of July 1974, eleven years before John was born. His prized 1961 Martin guitar was locked away the day he died only to be opened 24 years later when John’s grandmother presented it to him as a gift as he had just begun playing guitar.
It was within a week of receiving the guitar Sutphin wrote his first song. And since then every Madrone song has come from Sutphin’s “holy grail” instrument.
JD Sutphin is also an accomplished on air personality with WROV FM, serving as Music Director of the radio station. He also recently joined the Board of Educators with the Music Lab at Jefferson Center, a Roanoke based after school program for teens operating in a top of the line recording studio where studios learn to write, perform and record music of all genres.
When not performing with Madrone, JD is known to present intimate acoustic performances showcasing sometimes the original sound of his Madrone songs, influential covers, and even solo work.