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Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as JD McPherson performs a live midday concert on Friday.



Rockabilly specialist J.D. McPherson will grace the stage for this week's edition of Free at Noon, making for a swinging midday dance party downstairs at World Cafe Live. The Oklahoma native released his album Signs and Signifiers in 2012 and is currently on tour, gearing up for the release of his sophomore album next year and playing at Steel Stacks in Bethlehem for this year's Musikfest on August 8th. Before he makes the trek out to Bethlehem, he’ll play a live midday set at the Free At Noon. Join us at World Cafe Live on August 8th for a rockin' free performance, or tune in at 88.5 FM or xpn.org.

Recent Release: Signs & Signifiers
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Label: Rounder


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JD McPherson was lucky to have been born in Broken Arrow, OK. Just a stone's throw away from the pulsing art hub that is Tulsa, OK (where he would attend university), JD was able to tap into his creative side at a very young age.  An eclectic artist, JD took classes in everything from film to card magic en route to an M.F.A., playing in various bands all the while.

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XPN Artist To Watch JD McPherson returns to Philadelphia on Friday November 2 for a sold out show at Johnny Brendas, and he'll be our guest for a Free At Noon concert.
Photo credit Samantha Franklin Oklahoma artist JD McPherson and his band brought their retro-infused rock & roll sound to the XPoNential Music Festival last summer. And, his debut album, Signs and Signifiers, released in April was both an XPN Featured Album of the Week, and CD of the Month this year. The album captures his appreciation of classic rock 'n' roll; the guitarist's gift lies in his ability to repackage timeless sounds into catchy, relevant tunes. McPherson also made a stop on the World Cafe with host David Dye in August. Listen to J.D. McPherson's World Cafe session on TheKey.XPN.org, and check out the video of him performing "Farmer John" onstage at the Festival.


Recent Release: Signs and Signifiers
Release Date: April 2012
Label: Rounder
Hometown: Chicago, IL

Ten Thousand Villages Ten Thousand Villages, with 10 fair trade retail stores in the greater Philadelphia area supports XPN Artist to Watch. Stop by the Ten Thousand Villages table during the Artist to Watch Ryan Bingham Free at Noon, and learn more about the festive holiday decor items and gifts handcrafted by fairly paid artisans around the world. From shining mercury glass to whimsical ornaments to jewelry, scarves, art decor and keepsakes Ten Thousand Villages' holiday items celebrate cultures around the world.

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August, 2012 CD of the Month

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 & Signifiers, his first album. 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.

Stemming from Oklahoma, roots rocker JD McPherson just released his highly anticipated Rounder Records debut album. His true-blue rockabilly combined with the classic rock sound that will satisfy any purist, packs a punch that leaves audiences enchanted.

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 & Signifiers, his first album. 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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