Rock musician JD McPherson offers a little bit of something for everyone
I first heard about JD McPherson and his invigorating music through my son, Matthew, from McPherson’s first release “Signs and Signifiers.” It was not the first time Matt has enlightened me to some good new music I may not have otherwise have found out about. Not that soon, anyway. Maybe it is a byproduct of all the music I have played for him, or “forced” him to listen to over the years. Either way, it works.
McPherson’s feel-good music instantly took me back to the time of Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Little Richard and Elvis Presley. I told Matt that there was a customer of ours who would buy that CD immediately. Larry is a retired railroad engineer who loves old rock-and-roll and rockabilly. He still has many original recordings from so many 1950s and 1960s rock-and-roll, surf, drag and rockabilly artists that I am envious — original recordings of Buddy Holly, Link Wray, Eddie Cochran, Surfaris, Little Richard, Rip Chords and many more. Amazing! Larry has purchased both of McPherson’s CDs, “Signs and Signifiers” from 2010 and “Let the Good Times Roll” from 2015. He also preordered JD’s newest release, “Undivided Heart and Soul,” which comes out Oct. 6. He is also planning on attending his show this Sunday at the Mesa Theater. The point? This band and its incredible music appeals to folks from 20-something to 70-something!
McPherson was born in Oklahoma in 1977 to ranching parents. He was exposed to many different kinds of music growing up. Rumor has it that his original idea was for a punk rock outfit until someone gave him a copy of the complete Buddy Holly recordings. I tried to get an interview so I could ask him about it and some other things, but it never came about.
McPherson has toured with Nick Lowe and worked with Eric Church, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, among others. A teacher by profession, McPherson moved his family from Oklahoma to Nashville so he could better focus on his craft. He also wanted to record “Undivided Heart and Soul” at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio B. It’s the studio where Elvis Presley, Eddie Arnold, The Everly Brothers, Chet Atkins and many others recorded.
We are lucky to get these guys to play here. It is the second stop on a 35-city tour. I think Grand Junction is one of the smallest cities and venues he is playing on this tour. I would hope all you live music fans will get out and support this sure-to-be-great show.
Get your tickets at Triple Play Records, http://www.ticketfly.com or at the Mesa Theater. Want a preview of the show? Listen to McPherson this weekend on “Acoustic Sunday.”