JD McPherson continues to blaze the country with his "timeless, forward-thinking rock & roll" (Rolling Stone) in support of his critically acclaimed debut album "Signs and Signifiers" (out now on Rounder Records).
Lauded as "a sound that is vibrantly reminiscent of ’50s after hours dancehall hits mixed with angsty tunes to appease the most brooding bluesman" (Yahoo! Music), JD’s national television debut on "Conan" re-aired September 3 & his self-directed video for "North Side Gal" has garnered over 930,000 views.
Hailing from Broken Arrow, OK, the former art teacher traveled to Chicago to record "Signs and Signifiers" at Hi-Style studio, which is housed in the attic of producer/bassist/studio owner Jimmy Sutton’s home and is 100% analog. "I have recorded this style of music in the digital realm, and it just doesn’t quite "sing" as much. Slamming that 1/4 tape really hard produced the most beautiful distortion I’ve ever heard," says McPherson.
Featuring JD McPherson (lead and backing vocals, guitar), Jimmy Sutton (bass), and Alex Hall (drums, piano, organ), the album was recorded through a collection of vintage microphones into an old 1960’s Berlant 1/4 inch tape machine. The 12-track album kicks off with the fervent pulse of the first single, "North Side Gal," and segues into one of the albums two covers, McPherson’s take on "Country Boy," an old R&B number originally written and recorded by Tiny Kennedy.