When retro-rock producer Jimmy Sutton first heard JD McPherson, it was as part of the Stark Weather Boys, a rockabilly ensemble based in Tulsa, Okla. The singer-songwriter then backed Sutton on a few shows, which ultimately led to the idea of doing his own thing. That thing is McPherson’s solo debut, Signs & Signifiers, which came out earlier this year and channels ’40s R&B, ’50s rockabilly and ’60s soul singers, like James Brown and Little Richard. And live, McPherson (above, performing “Fire Bug” for KEXP FM) is an engaging performer whose evocative voice and songs will quickly have you tapping and nodding along. See for yourself on Thursday at Music Hall of Williamsburg.