a familiar voice returns

I was amazed, some weeks ago to see the name JD Souther listed for an upcoming gig at a local bar here in Chicago.  So amazed that I had to check out that it was real.  After a bit of searching around the internet things came into focus.

John David Souther wrote hit songs for the Eagles; New Kid In Town, Best of My Love. Linda Ronstadt; Prisoner in Disguise, Faithless Love.  Made several acclaimed solo albums: Home By Dawn, You’re Only Lonely, Black Rose. Was a member of the the Souther, Hillman, Furay Band with former Byrd and Burrito Brother Chris Hillman and former Buffalo Springfield and Poco member Richy Furay.  He acted in TV’s “thirtysomehing” series and several movies … and then he disappeared.

After 25 years of quietly living in Nashville, presumably off of Eagles royalties, he’s back with a remarkable new album, If The World Was You.  Recorded live in the studio with a five piece jazz group it rings with the sound of Miles, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, dive bars, Texas, Mexico, New Orleans, a thousand dreams and a million miles traveled.

“Oh I like the way you bring the water

With your fingers on the lime

And when you walk that way it kills me

I’ll be here at closing time” get more information

It’s world weary, demon chasing, smart as a whip music, beautifully sung, austere and not fussed with .. a rarity in this era of digital tinkering.

JD Souther’s back. Older, jazzier, grittier and we’re the better for it.  Give him a listen.

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