J.D. Hurt has been away from the local music scene for a while, but now he’s back with a new CD titled “Dammit Man,” which features his signature tune “Lock ‘Em Down,” about the Lucasville prison riot. To tell you how long it has been, his last album was on cassette and from 1994-1999 he sold about 7,000 cassettes, many of which he signed and dated.
He moved to Nashville in 1999 and the late George Jones sang his song “Beer Cold Heart,” J.D.’s version is also featured on his new CD.
In 2004 Hurt had a head injury in Nashville and suffered brain damage.
“That put me in la la land for a few years,” Hurt said. “I came back here and just kind of gave up.”
Hurt spent three years in bible college as he recovered from his head injury.
“I started remembering stuff and started going to church,” Hurt said. “My memory is starting to come back. I remember most of my songs, but I tell people, by the time my memory comes back I’ll get Alzheimers.”
His song about the SOCF riot is expected to be featured in a new movie about the riot, which occurred in 1993.
“They told me they definitely want to use my song in the movie and are seriously thinking of using it for the theme song,” Hurt said. “I’ve been talking to them off and on for about a year-and-a-half or more now. December before last they told me they had put me down for a part in the movie. I might even get to be in the movie. I know what it’s like to act like a prisoner. They also told me I had the ‘Appalachian slang,’ and they’re going to need people for the crowd scenes.”
In addition to “Lock ‘Em Down,” “Going to Knoxville With Big Mama on my Mind,” and “Beer Cold Heart,” were all on his last cassette, but he has added seven new songs to his new CD, including “I Hope My Next Wife Treats Me Better,” “The Many Reasons Why I Love You,” “The Dammit Man Song,” “You Know How Some Women Lie,” “It’s Gone,” “Little White Church (in Rubyville),” the song he says is the true story of the day he got saved, and “How Do I Get to Heaven From Here.”
Hurt was born in Portsmouth, but lived a few years in Waverly where his father had a farm. The family moved back to Portsmouth and for a time lived on Grandview Avenue. He then lived across from Dreamland Pool from the time he was three or four years old until he was 14. That’s when they moved to Baird Avenue. Hurt joined the Army at 17, came home, married, had three children, got divorced in 1999 and moved to Nashville.
Where is the CD available?
“A friend of mine is getting me a website. I’ve not got it set up yet,” Hurt said. “I’m on Facebook at JD Hurt 35. My phone number is on the CD (740-876-3950), so if somebody needs one, they can call that number.”
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