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JD McPherson

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I was having nightmares every night, thinking, Wow, theyre going to hate this, says JDMcPherson.When he talks about his new album, Undivided Heart & Soul, theres no glimmer of self-adulation, or even the confidence one might expect of a veteran artist. Instead, theres a snapshot of McPhersons creative process bringing the record to life, a journey filled with fear and change, then boldness, and, eventually, catharsis.The best rock music has a story to tell. This record chronicles a series of upheavals, frustrations, roadblocks, and kismeta cross-country move, failed creative relationships, a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity, and learning to love making music again by letting go.McPherson calls moving his family from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, to East Nashville a decision based on opportunity and one he was reluctant to make but notes the profound influence the city has had on his new crop of songs.Up to this point, I thought I knew what I was doing with songwriting, that I dont do this or that, McPherson says. Writing with people who co-write for a livingmaybe I saw myself as John Henry, and them as the steel-driving machine.Along with collaborations with fellow Oklahoman Parker Millsap, Butch Walker, and Aaron Lee Tasjan, McPhersons selections for Undivided Heart & Soul include many deeply personal themes: Lets Get Out of Here While Were Young shares writing credits with longtime bandmate Ray Jacildo and McPhersons wife Mandy. He also delved into character profiles, both fictional and based on real-life experiences, stories McPherson has held onto but never thought of as fodder for songwriting, such as the Las Vegas bus station interlude detailed in Style (Is a Losing Game).That seems like a pretty normal thing for a singer-songwriter to do, to write about personal experience, but I really have never done that, McPherson says. It felt great but it also was tough at the same time. The thing is, John Henry is trying to beat the machine because he
February 23, 2019
February 23, 2019
The Jinx 127 West Congress Street Savannah, Georgia 31401 United States
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