What’s Old is New Again
JD McPherson Live @ The Showbox
January 12, 2015
Words and Photos by Tori Dickson
In a denim jacket and cowboy boots, with an upright bass to his right and a saxophone to his left, JD McPherson rocked the Showbox last Tuesday.
The Oklahoma singer/songwriter meticulously incorporates traditional sounds of American music including rockabilly, do-woop, rhythm and blues to make a sound all his own. He somehow pulls off being old and new, smooth and rough all at once.
With such a broad yet specific sound, his show attracts fans of all ages. (Seriously, there was a group of girls in the front that couldn’t be older than eight years and they were all having a great time dancing and singling along while JD and his band played their hearts out.) While McPherson’s music holds to the traditions of rock roots, he has some how made it accessible to a new generation and it was clear in the crowd at the Showbox.