JD Souther (from the album Black Rose on Omnivore Recordings) - The recording of Black Rose took JD Souther five years to complete. The follow-up to his debut came after a critical success and a collaboration with Chris Hillman (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers), and Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco) on the two-album project Souther/Hillman/Furay Band. Beyond notoriety from his first release, JD Souther found his name on the credits for many friends and contemporaries who were taking his songs to chart success. For the Omnivore Recordings re-release of Black Rose, the original recording adds unreleased and live tracks, and a memory from JD Souther that ‘Black Rose was an ambitious undertaking, and it took a long time. I wanted to use more of my musical influences, and I had to dig a bit deeper. But when we were finished, I was almost as pleased with it as if it had sold a million copies….almost’.
What would today be A-list players and performers were simply a phone book contact list for JD Souther during the recording. Like a snapshot, each album captures the life of its musician. While his debut was a way for JD Souther to be heard, and viewed, through his songs, Black Rose is an artist taking chances, not editing himself for a Pop marketplace. Produced by Peter Asher, the musicians backing JD Souther were from both the Jazz and Rock worlds, including background vocals by David Crosby, Art Garfunkel, Andrew Gold (“Banging My Head Against the Moon”), Don Henley, and Glenn Frey on the title track. Black Rose gets with studio backing from Donald Byrd and Little Feat’s Lowell George on “Midnight Prowl”, alongside Waddy Wachtel, Joe Walsh, and Russ Kunkel. Linda Ronstadt heard the magic of JD Souther songs early on in her own releases, recording ten of his songs over her career, with Black Rose offering the original versions of “Faithless Love”, and “Simple Man, Simple Dreams”. JD Souther’s own version of the track “Silver Blue” is stunning on the album, as Stanley Clarke backs the vocals on double bass.