Hailing from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, this former art teacher traveled to Chicago to record his first studio album, Signs and Signfiers which came out on Rounder Records last month. JD McPherson was named as an "artist you should know" in 2011 by NPR, and they could not be more right. Bringing in a raw, bluesy, vintage rock sound that is nearly impossible to come by in today's music, JD McPherson and his band put in an amazing amount of emotion and skill into every track on their debut album. Signs and Signifiers was recorded at Hi-Style Studio in producer/bassist/studio owner Jimmy Sutton's home and is completely analog, lending to the raw, emotional style of each track. The album was an XPN featured album of the week in April, and JD is booked to play for the station's XPoNential Music Festival in July.
"Honestly, what's not to like about JD McPherson? The teacher turned rocker dials up a sound reminiscent of rock and roll's early days on Signs and Signfiers, his first album," says Mike Vasilikos, Assistant Music Director and On-Air Host at WXPN. "His style and attitude are both representative of those times, but noticeably his influences run the gamut from rockabilly to soul, from punk to hip-hop. It's that combination of appreciation and living in present that makes "Signs & Signifiers" an absolute gem."
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