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As a visual artist, Broken Arrow, OK, native JD McPherson is well versed in the process of working within clearly defined formal parameters, and he employs a similarly rigorous discipline with his music.
"There are little subcultures within the roots scene, where people are really into rockabilly, traditional hillbilly stuff or old-timey music," JD points out, "but there aren't a whole lot of folks making hard-core rhythm & blues hearkening back to Specialty, Vee-Jay or labels like that."
His dad introduced him to Delta blues and jazz as a kid, and after getting into Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and punk rock during high school, he picked up a Buddy Holly box set. While studying visual arts, he also played in bands, doing everything from punk to western swing.
"Although I grew up wanting to be a visual artist, I'll tell you what: the most satisfaction I've ever had as an artist is right now," he says. "Because as much as I love artists like Joseph Beuys, I love David Bowie and Little Richard more. I was doin' OK, I had some things going, but I'd rather do this, make music the priority."
In a very real sense, McPherson is much more a pioneer than roots resuscitator. On his sophomore album 'Let the Good Times Roll,' JD is knocking at the door of something that has arguably not previously been accomplished, a spirited, almost spiritual, and very artistic hybrid that brings the forgotten lessons from the earliest days of rock 'n' roll into a future that has room for the modernities of studio technique and 21st-century singer/songwriter idiosyncrasies.
McPherson and the wonderful Jimmy Sutton pay tribute to their musical heroes, and they do it in the right way by making their own music that carries that tradition forward. With the addition of new team players, including the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, JD McPherson is back with more timeless roots rock 'n' roll. Just as 'North Side Gal' proved how vital and irresistible American music can be, JD McPherson has now given us a new record that helps us continue to 'Let the Good Times Roll.'
- info from jdmcpherson.com, amazon.com
Let the Good Times Roll
1. Let The Good Times Roll
3. It's All Over But The Shouting
5. It Shook Me Up
6. Head Over Heels
7. Shy Boy
8. You Must Have Met Little Caroline?
10. Mother Of Lies
11. Everybody's Talking 'Bout The All-American
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