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Its songs will make you want to go out and find a dance floor to chase away these winter doldrums. Sutton liked the demo, invited McPherson up to record, and they made the album in a few weeks. Executives came calling, and McPherson signed with famed independent label Rounder Records, who re-released the album in Awards followed for Signs and Signifiers , including best hard rock album from the Independent Music Awards. Second albums following a successful debut can be difficult: Do you strike off in a new direction and risk losing your audience?
He is known for a retro sound rooted in the rock and roll , rockabilly , and rhythm and blues music of the s. McPherson grew up in rural southeastern Oklahoma , on a cattle ranch near the town of Talihina. His father was a farmer and ex-army while his mother was a church minister. Of his youth growing up in a quiet rural area, he said that this allowed him to involve himself in the pursuit of music:. But where I actually grew up was just completely removed from anything resembling a town or a city. It was an hour away from the nearest supermarket.
A modern soul singer with a rich vocal range and a propensity for up-tempo boogie, McPherson is no doubt going to end up on every best-of list come December Let the Good Times Roll starts off strong with the title track, a rollicking, over-before-you-know-it bolt of electricity that knocks you on your ass and then leaves you in a wake of dust. McPherson has mastered a nostalgic, throwback sound that also manages to sound fresh and new. The instrumentals on Let the Good Times Roll include sharp, warm punctuations of horns, subtle piano melodies and a plethora of diverse percussion. He takes elements of the good old stuff and blends them with contemporary coolness, and it never feels forced or overwrought. That vintage thing comes naturally to him, a rarity in a sometimes overtly referential period in music.
Check out the video in the player above. McPherson also took a couple of minutes to answer some questions—Check out the interview below. Paste: I know you have an energetic live show, but this is a studio video. When you were recording the album, how did you convey that energy? JD McPherson: Well, one thing is trying to play as much of it live as possible, in the studio. That kind of stuff reveals itself through the fact that sometimes the tracks slow down or speed up.
Using those timeless elements, combined with his literate, art school-informed songwriting aesthetic he carries an M. All of which brings us to his sophomore full-length album, 's Let the Good Times Roll. And, as always, at the center is McPherson 's voice, a wailing croon that sounds as contemporary as Bruno Mars , even as it raises the romantic specter of Jackie Wilson. It's this ability to reference the past even his own recent past while remaining firmly lodged in the present that colors everything McPherson does. Even the Dan Auerbach co-write "Bridgebuilder" sounds improbably like an '80s blue-eyed soul song by Britain's Squeeze if recorded in Memphis in
JD McPherson – Let The Good Times Roll (ALBUM REVIEW)
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