Tractor Tavern Presents: JD McPherson with The Tripwires + Sarah Gwen
Saturday December 15th, 2012
As a visual artist, Okla., native JD McPherson is well versed in the process of working within clearly defined formal parameters, and is able to employ a similarly rigorous discipline with his music. McPherson’s seductively kickass debut album meshes the old and the new, the primal and the sophisticated. His music has proven again and again to satisfy traditional American rock ’n’ roll and R&B purists while also exhibiting a rarefied gift for mixing and matching disparate stylistic shapes and textures. JD quips that ”…our only intention going in was just to make a solid rhythm & blues/rock ’n’ roll record. But I didn’t want to make a time-machine record, so we tried to make something relevant but with all the things we love about rock ’n’ roll and rhythm & blues and mesh it all together.”
JD took a circuitous path to get to this point, but he has no doubts about the viability of the choice he’s made. He expresses that, “Working within a genre has been done in all kinds of mediums—look at Alfred Hitchcock.” But of course, pushing the genre envelope doesn’t work unless the artist has the chops and feel to capture the form in its pure state from the beginning. To illustrate, “Dimes for Nickels” is McPherson’s vital evocation of the very moment when R&B and hillbilly music had a baby and they called it rock ’n’ roll.
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