“There’s nothing new under the sun,” goes the old proverb, but that doesn’t mean what’s old can’t be made better. The proof for this will be on display when J.D. McPherson brings his new vintage sound to 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville on July 29.
McPherson’s debut album, Signs and Signifiers, has garnered serious critical acclaim. Rolling Stone magazine called it “timeless, forward-thinking rock & roll,” and MOJO gave the album four stars. Fans have taken notice, too, and the album hit No. 1 on the Americana charts and every show on the West Coast sold out. The self-directed video for “North Side Gal” has more than 700,000 views on YouTube (you can download the song and video for FREE here), and the Chicago Cubs have used the song this year at Wrigley. In early June, he made his national television debut on Conan, and he’s made fans of some high-profile artists including Tom Waits, Nick Lowe, and John Prine.
Signs and Signifiers, recorded in Chicago at Hi-Style Studio, used 100 percent analog equipment and vintage mics to capture the album’s vintage sound.
“I have recorded this style of music in the digital realm, and it just doesn’t quite “sing” as much. Slamming that ¼” tape really hard produced the most beautiful distortion I’ve ever heard,” says McPherson, a former middle school art teacher from Broken Arrow, Okla.
The warm mid-century sound led the Chicago Reader to call it “rock ‘n roll and R&B that might as well have been frozen in the 50s and thawed this morning.”
If you’re a fan of Little Richard, Ben E. King and the Drifters, and rock ‘n’ roll saxophone, you’ll want to check out McPherson at 3rd & Lindsley when he comes to town on July 29. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:00 p.m., and tickets are $10.