JD McPherson Gets Drunk on Roots Rock 2.0 (And Nothing Else)
|That's one sobering stare|
We're not sure if JD McPherson is as strait-laced as he says he is. Sure, he may have cropped, slicked-back hair, a crisp denim jacket and choirboy looks, but it's hard to imagine the gravelly soul erupting in his voice is the product of anything but hard drinking and wild living. After all, why else would Tom Waits claim to be a fan?
"I don't take any intoxicants when I'm out on the road," says the plain-spoken, art teacher-turned-rocker from Oklahoma. "But performing is such a huge shot of life." Sobriety aside, we're betting the crowd gets a taste of that shot as well during his howling, teeth-gnashing set at the Constellation Room at the Observatory on Friday.
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"The whole point and reason that I liked [artists] such as Little Richard, the Ramones and Bruce Springsteen was they were doing something they really liked, and enthusiasm is what attracts me to early rhythm & blues and rock," he says.