With classic rock vibes but sounds – and songs – that resonate today, JD & Cindy speaks to any generation.
The two-piece acoustic rock duo based in southwestern Pennsylvania draws a crowd, mixing a diverse blend of influences and talents – with powerful vocals as the highlight.
The rockers – JD and Cindy Ross – present a song list with artists that range from Jethro Tull, Jimi Henrix, The Beatles, and Jefferson Airplane to Fleetwood Mac, Ed Sheeran, Foster the People, and Train. Red Paint also mixes original tunes into their set, songs that mirror the group's ability to cross genres – from catchy rhythms (think Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks") to the bluesy rock feel of Hot Tuna or Jefferson Airplane.
Built from a lifetime perfecting the craft, the group brings together seasoned talent to pack the house. Bandmembers JD and Cindy Ross have been making music together since 1977, starting with the acoustic duo JECI. Married for 39 years, the couple has formed the nucleus for numerous successful bands up to and including Red Paint.
Singer/songwriter JD Ross (guitar, bass guitar, flute percussion, and violin) started gigging with a band in 1976, kicking off a four-decades-and-counting career. He's performed in numerous shows along the East Coast, sometimes as the opener for international acts like John Lee Hooker, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet and Fairport Convention. Now retired from 35 years in banking, JD is free to focus on his passion full time. In addition to Red Paint, he also plays in Nixon Pit Crew, JD & Cindy, and CAS. Some of his favorite artists are Jethro Tull, Bob Marley, and Joni Mitchel.
Cindy Ross (guitar, bass guitar, vocals, flute, percussion, mandolin, ukulele, and cello) counts Fleetwood Mac, Jenifer Knapp and The Who among her influencers. Known for her versatility, Cindy is also a partner in a local music studio, Stummin' & Drummin' in Somerset, where she shares her talent with the next crop of budding musicians.