JD McPherson is from Oklahoma. Really rural, small-town Oklahoma. That seems to be par for the course for a lot of singer-songwriters, especially in the “Americana” vain. What makes JD a wee bit different is that as a kid, he tried to explore his inner. In rural Oklahoma. Needless to say there wasn’t a lot of opportunity for a teenage boy from a town of 1100 people to explore his inner Joe Strummer or Joey Ramone. Even when he first started performing in public, it was basically just him “and one other kid” essentially jamming with each other.
That’s what makes JD the epitome of the traveling singer: he’s tenacious, talented, and a tiny-town boy. Even in his youth, he was subtly trying to subvert the ideas and way of thinking in his home town of Talihina. He may have a wry and witty personality, yet he lets his music speak for itself.
The title track on his new album Let The Good Times Roll is an old-school bluesy sounding song that harkens back to the good ol’ days of Buddy Holly and Bill Haley. It’s got swing, it’s got jazz, it’s got the rock and roll pizzazz. It goes great with it’s simply shot black-and-white music video. He is your uptown-downtown-funky-town-hometown kind of singer. And he’s got a smooth voice to boot