Oklahoma rockabilly revivalist JD McPherson, who hails from Broken Arrow, released today the music video for his new single “Fire Bug” today on TeamCoco.com, the website for Conan O’Brien’s late-night show. To view the video there, click here.
Blazing the country with his “timeless, forward-thinking rock & roll” (Rolling Stone), McPherson’s fall tour has been expanded to include additional stops in Brooklyn (Nov. 1), Philadelphia (Nov. 2) Atlanta (Nov. 8), Birmingham (Nov. 9), amongst others. The tour starts Tuesday in Frankfurt, Dela., and continues through Nov. 29 in Minneapolis, Minn. Unfortunately, there are no home state dates set at this time.
“Fire Bug” is from McPherson’s critically acclaimed debut album “Signs and Signifiers,” out now on Rounder Records. Lauded as “a sound that is vibrantly reminiscent of 50s after hours dancehall hits mixed with angsty tunes to appease the most brooding bluesman” (Yahoo! Music), McPherson made his national television debut on “Conan” back in June. His raucous performance on “North Side Gal” (embedded below) re-aired Sept. 3.
His self-directed video for “North Side Gal” has garnered more than 850,000 views.
Hailing from Broken Arrow, the former art teacher traveled to Chicago to record “Signs and Signifiers” at Hi-Style studio, which is housed in the attic of producer/bassist/studio owner Jimmy Sutton’s home and is 100 person analog. “I have recorded this style of music in the digital realm, and it just doesn’t quite “sing” as much. Slamming that ¼” tape really hard produced the most beautiful distortion I’ve ever heard,” says McPherson in a news release.
Featuring McPherson (lead and backing vocals, guitar), Jimmy Sutton (bass), and Alex Hall (drums, piano, organ), the album was recorded through a collection of vintage microphones into an old 1960’s Berlant 1/4 inch tape machine. The 12-track album kicks off with the fervent pulse of the first single, “North Side Gal,” and segues into one of the albums two covers, McPherson’s take on “Country Boy,” an old R&B number originally written and recorded by Tiny Kennedy.
Source: BAMs Blog