JD and the Badlands Band is a country band with emphasis on Texas Country, Red Dirt Music and Traditional Country with blues, Southern Rock and Classic Rock influences. All members are from Texas and New Mexico with all currently residing in Artesia NM. JD has been involved in music since age seven when his parents first put him on stage. In 2016 JD was nominated for 2015 Male Country Vocalist of the year and Entertainer of the year by the West Texas Talent Association, bringing home the award for Entertainer of the Year. In 2017 JD was nominated for 2016 Male Country Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year again by the West Texas Talent Association this time bringing home the honor of Male Country Vocalist of the Year. Late January 2017, JD met with Kevin "El Guapo" Kennedy and David Aguilar both amazing guitarists and founding members of a great Southeastern New Mexico Country Band "Trainwreck". The trio decided to embark on a new adventure, adding bassist Kyle Stewart and Drummer Daniel Jimenez forming JD and the Badlands Band. The Band continues to add talent and grow with the most recent addition of Holly Pacheco on piano/keys. Their rookie album project is under construction and will be titled Roll of the Dice.