Undivided heart & soul (2017)
JD MCPHERSON’S “ON THE LIPS” VIDEO PREMIERES AT ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
FEATURED IN FENDER’S NEW “AMERICAN ORIGINAL SERIES” LINE ALONGSIDE ISAAC BROCK OF MODEST MOUSE, KURT VILE, AND RAPHAEL SAADIQ
“McPherson’s third and best set to date.” American Songwriter
JD McPherson’s new video for “On The Lips,” from his critically acclaimed LP Undivided Heart & Soul, recently premiered via Entertainment Weekly. The video was directed by George Salisbury (Flaming Lips, Nathaniel Rateliff) and can been seen HERE. Undivided Heart & Soul was released on October 6, 2017 via New West Records and is available now on vinyl, compact disc, and digitally HERE. The record garnered multiple year-end accolades including Rolling Stone’s "40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2017," Paste Magazine’s "50 Best Albums of 2017,” Guitar World’s "Best Roots Albums of 2017," American Songwriter’s "Top 25 Albums of 2017," Garden & Gun’s “The 17 Best Southern Albums of 2017,” and many more. Co-produced by McPherson and Dan Molad (Lucius, Here We Go Magic) and recorded at the Historic RCA Studio B in Nashville, TN, Undivided Heart & Soul debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart – reaching #1 for Americana/Folk Albums and #4 for Top Independent Overall Albums. Of the album, Mojo Magazine praised, “...McPherson’s horizon has never sounded so open,” and the Associated Press exclaimed, “JD McPherson’s ‘Undivided Heart & Soul’ deserves your undivided attention.” American Songwriter called it “...McPherson’s third and best set to date” in a 4 out of 5 Star review, while Paste Magazine awarded it an 8.1 out of 10 rating, stating, “...McPherson takes a slightly different approach, leaning harder on the first syllable of rockabilly.” Mother Jones adds, “JD McPherson has long been one of the more inventive artists with deep blues roots, thanks to a strong, expressive voice suited to a variety of genres and songs that tamper with familiar templates in subtly intriguing ways. On the exhilarating Undivided Heart & Soul, McPherson makes this implied versatility explicit, expanding his sonic palette to exciting effect...If the colorful pop tinges initially seem like a dramatic departure, McPherson never loses the greasy intensity that made him so compelling in the first place.”
Alongside Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse, Kurt Vile, and Raphael Saadiq, McPherson is featured in Fender’s brand new “American Original Series” campaign. American Original Series is a new line of American-made electric basses and guitars inspired by some of Fender’s most-successful ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s models. Boasting 11 models and 30 SKUs to match a variety of musical tastes and players, the American Original Series replaces Fender’s American Vintage Series, which was first introduced in 1982. See a video about the new line featuring McPherson, Brock, Vile, and Saadiq HERE.
Undivided Heart & Soul features collaborations with Parker Millsap, Butch Walker, and Aaron Lee Tasjan. In addition to his 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. Prior to writing and recording the new album, McPherson moved his family from their longtime home of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to the burgeoning artist community of East Nashville, TN, which gave him the opportunity to collaborate with this eclectic array of artists. The move had a profound influence on his new work, and McPherson began to experiment, exploring personal themes and injecting more of himself into his songs (including a co-write on the album with his wife Mandy). Opening up his process was no easy task. “I was having nightmares every night, thinking, ‘Wow, they’re going to hate this.” With a group of songs taking shape, McPherson and crew scheduled studio time to begin work on the album. After initial tracking began, it quickly became apparent that the sessions were not going to work, bringing his momentum to a halt. After a trip to Los Angeles to jam with close friends, McPherson returned to Nashville with a clear head, internal filters successfully stifled, and ready to move forward with a new co-producer in Dan Molad.
During the album closer, “Let’s Get Out Of Here While We’re Young,” McPherson sputters “We’ve worn out all the songs we’ve sung.” This is not a statement McPherson takes lightly. “This record was difficult for me to make, difficult to write, difficult to record. It took a lot for me to say that I can’t force these songs to be the way people are expecting.” McPherson says. Undivided Heart & Soul is statement record, one that asserts McPherson as he is now, battle-weary but stronger than ever.
JD McPHERSON'S UNDIVIDED HEART & SOUL TRACK LIST:
1. Desperate Love
2. Crying’s Just A Thing You Do
3. Lucky Penny
4. Hunting For Sugar
5. On The Lips
6. Undivided Heart & Soul
7. Bloodhound Rock
8. Style (Is A Losing Game)
10. Under The Spell of City Lights
11. Let’s Get Out Of Here While We’re Young