New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with JD McPherson

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JD McPherson What's In My Bag?

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native JD McPherson is a roots rocker with a fresh take on early American rock 'n' roll and R&B. As a teenager, he played in a series of punk rock bands before moving toward a more roots-influenced sound with projects like The Poison Okies and The Starkweather Boys. McPherson took a chance and sent a demo recording to Jimmy Sutton, a heavy hitter in Chicago's roots and R&B scene. Sutton then agreed to produce McPherson's 2010 debut album, Signs and Signifierswhich was re-released in 2012 by Rounder Records and reached #47 on Billboard's Rock Albums chart.

Let The Good Times RollIn February 2015, McPherson released his followup, Let the Good Times Roll. Produced by Mark Neill (Los Straitjackets, The Black Keys), the album also features "Bridgebuilder," a track co-written with the Keys' Dan Auerbach. In summer 2015, McPherson performed at the UK's legendary Glastonbury Festival before heading out on a lengthy North American tour.

In support of Let the Good Times Roll, McPherson played a special in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood. He stirred up the dance floor with new songs and old favorites, including "Wolf Teeth" and "You Must Have Met Little Caroline?" After the show, McPherson sat down with our "What's In My Bag?" crew to share his finds from our racks. He picked up The Wild Sounds of New Orleans by Tousan, also known as Allen Toussaint, calling him one of "the most important figures in music." He then chose David Byrne's best-selling book, How Music Works, noting Byrne as a "heroic figure" in his life. McPherson also picked up Time is On My Side: The Best of Irma Thomas, Vol. 1 lauding Thomas as his hero and "favorite vocalist." Check out the rest of JD McPherson's picks in the full episode below:

JD McPherson - What's In My Bag?
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JD McPherson at Amoeba Hollywood
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