SXSWfm Americana Artist: JD McPherson

Written by Rory Burbeck | August 29, 2013

JD McPherson’s music embodies a classic 1950s rock ‘n’ roll style, and it seems to be paying off for him. His song, “North Side Gal,” has been nominated for Song of the Year for the Americana Music Association’s 2013 Honors and Awards. The song appears on his debut album, Signs & Signifiers, which was originally released in 2010 on Hi-Style Records and then given a major-label release on Rounder Records in 2012.

JD McPherson studied visual arts in college, so he is “very well versed in the process of working within clearly defined formal parameters,” according to the biography on his website. His music is no exception. The singer-songwriter from Oklahoma draws primarily from rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm & blues, and rockabilly. However, McPherson listens to, and is influenced by, all types of music: “I like the Pixies, T.Rex, hip-hop and all kinds of stuff,” he says on his website. He even admits to being influenced by Raekwon and RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan.

McPherson’s 2013 tour schedule seems to be winding down, but he still has a few more dates left on the calendar, including an Official ACL Music Festival Late Night Show at Emo’s here in Austin on Thursday, October 10th. If you do get the chance to see one of JD’s live shows, jump on it! According to American Songwriter’s brief review of his set at this year’s Newport Folk Festival, his band played “expertly executed traditional rock and roll.”

Hear songs by JD McPherson and more SXSW artists on today’s episode of Americana World Headquarters, SXSWfm’s Americana specialty show hour. Amerciana World Headquarters airs every Thursday at 6am, 12pm, & 6pm CDT; Fridays at 12am CDT; and Sundays at 8am & 8pm CDT.

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