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JD McPherson

JD McPherson - FUV Live - 2015

by Carmel Holt

This Oklahoma singer and songwriter offers vintage sounding rock with nods to Forties-era rhythm and blues and Fifties-style rockabilly. Recently, McPherson released his sophomore record, Let the Good Times Roll, showcasing a bigger, more dynamic sound. The album is full of bouncy piano lines, twanging guitar, and McPherson’s wailing croon.

JD McPherson - Live Concert - 2012

by Rita Houston
Photo by Laura Fedele
JD McPherson was raised on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma and hit stylistic pay dirt when he found some 1950s rock 45s in the discard bin at a local record store. Now the former punk rocker has a dynamite debut album of R&B-tinged rockabilly, called 'Signs and Signifiers,' and JD and his band recently performed a shredding FUV Live set for us at Rockwood Music Hall, hosted by Rita Houston.

WFUV at SXSW: JD McPherson

by Laura Fedele

Oklahoma's JD McPherson started out as a visual artist but bounced into becoming a musical one. His retro style hearkens back to the R&B-slash-rock and roll of 60 years ago, but his edge is that of a guy who grew up listening to Zep and The Clash. His video for "North Side Gal" got him his record contract -- here he plays the tune for us at the Hotel San Jose in Austin.