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JD McPherson ushers in a welcome return to rock'n'roll roots

Old school, JD McPherson.

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

(415) 885-0750



Saw J.D. McPherson last night in Tulsa at the legendary Cain's ballroom. House was packed, and McPherson and the band (Jimmy Sutton in particular) were incendiary. They set the place on fire! They would start a number like Signs and Signifiers or Fire Bug and by the end of the song the whole room was under some sort of crazy rock and roll spell. It's the best live concert I have seen since Elvis Costello in the 80's. I want more and so does everyone who was there last night. J.D. and his band have something rare. It's hard to name it... could be charisma, could be love for the audience, but it's that thing that truly sets artists apart from craftsmen. Don't get me wrong, they KNOW their craft. It's the springboard they use to truly play... and I mean play! Can't wait to see them again.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 14, 2012 @ 7:55 am

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