UNDIVIDED HEART & SOUL (2017)
Undivided Heart & Soul is JD McPherson’s first studio album in nearly three years and follows his critically acclaimed Let The Good Times Roll (2015). Co-produced by McPherson and Dan Molad (Lucius, Here We Go Magic) and recorded at the Historic RCA Studio B in Nashville, TN, the highly anticipated new album debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, as well as at #1 for Top New Artist Albums and #1 for Americana/Folk Albums. This soul-baring collection is a snapshot of McPherson’s creative process bringing the record to life, a journey filled with fear and change, then boldness, and, eventually catharsis.
Undivided Heart & Soul features collaborations with Parker Millsap, Butch Walker, and Aaron Lee Tasjan. In addition to McPherson's longtime band members Doug Corcoran on guitar, Raynier Jacob Jacildo on keys, Jimmy Sutton on bass, and Jason Smay on drums, the album also features guest appearances by Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, Greenhornes), Jess Wolfe & Holly Laessig of Lucius, and Nicole Atkins.
“JD McPherson’s Undivided Heart & Soul deserves your undivided attention.”–Associated Press
"...McPherson's third and best set to date."–American Songwriter (4 out of 5 stars)
“Sensational”–Garden & Gun
“...some fearless and flawless rock & roll.”–Rolling Stone Country
"...supreme rock reinventor..."
"There's a certain fugitive feel to the sound [of] Undivided Heart & Soul – McPherson's mastery of rock and soul fundamentals is beyond question, but his voice moves in wild ways on these songs, and the band exudes a new kind of risky energy.”
“...McPherson’s horizon has never sounded so open.”–MOJO
“Latter day R&B hepcat underlines soul credentials on infectious third”–UNCUT
“Ingenious blending of heritage and modernity”–The Independent
“...crackles with frayed, primitive energy and fuzzy pop eclecticism”–Guitar Magazine, Album of the Month
“...the entire album is full of surprises and is a joy to behold.”–Guitar World
“...McPherson takes a slightly different approach, leaning harder on the first syllable of rockabilly.”–Paste Magazine (8.1 out of 10)
"It's fitting that soul rocker JD McPherson recorded his latest record Undivided Heart & Soul at the historic Nashville studio that has hosted the likes of Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers and Dolly Parton. With each new album, McPherson seems to be pushing himself to the ranks of the greats, getting better and more interesting as he moves forward."–No Depression
"McPherson has shaken things up a bit. His music is less genre-bound than his past endeavors. Heck, some of this record resembles the work of ‘60s girl groups or even ‘70s New Wave pop."
–PopMatters (8 out of 10 stars)
“...a musician comfortable exploring the music of the pioneers, but not scared of trying to sound more current”–Louder Than War
"BEST OF 2017" ACCOLADES
Associated Press, American Songwriter, Paste Magazine, Mother Jones, AllMusic, The Independent, PopMatters, Glide Magazine, mxdwn, No Depression, Ink 19, Saving Country Music, Turnstyled Junkpiled, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Americana Music Show
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