JD McPherson ushers in a welcome return to rock'n'roll roots
During the recording process, and up until the end of the 2011 school year, McPherson was still employed in a local Broken Arrow middle school as a computer and arts teacher (he went to college for fine arts). When he was laid off last summer he says he told the band, "well, I'm getting a paycheck through the summer, so let's tour and try to make some money while I look for another job." They've been touring consistently ever since.
Perhaps this batch of '50s-inspired rockers and analog R&B crooners will move beyond the past, and into the future musical pantheon, gaining elusive mainstream success. Or maybe they'll remain lovable underdogs. Only time will tell. For your McPherson fix now, you could always take in a Cubs game. Check back at the end of summer '12.
With Toshio Hirano
Thu/7, 8pm, $21
Great American Music Hall
859 O'Farrell, SF