Two Chances to See JD McPherson

April 17th, 2012

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 is out today and channels ’40s R&B, ’50s rockabilly and ’60s soul singers, like James Brown and Little Richard. And live, McPherson (above, performing “North Side Gal” for KEXP FM) is an engaging performer with an evocative voice and songs that will quickly have you tapping and nodding along. See for yourself tomorrow and Thursday at Mercury Lounge.