JD McPherson (from the album Socks available on New West Records)
The ghosts of bad Christmas presents of the past haunt JD McPherson as he unwraps the title track for his holiday release, Socks, wondering ‘why’d you waste the paper on a lousy pair of socks’. The displeasure continues to fill the seasonal air as JD McPherson sinks deep into holiday humiliation with “Ugly Sweater Blues”, putting husband and wife into the ring to take swings at each another in “Claus vs Claus”, sparring at the microphone with guest vocals from Lucie Silvas. JD McPherson decorates Sockswith a Vintage sound, perfect for fulfilling wish lists for nostalgia while making the music fresh as newly fallen snow.
Cruising city streets with a candy apple red ride to match his seasonal suit, Socksspots the man of the hour flying by in “Santa’s Got a Mean Machine” as JD McPherson works holiday magic with Memphis BBQ shouting out “Hey Skinny Santa!”. Socksis a stand-alone album, not cashing in on the green of the season, JD McPherson stands behind the recording, stating that ‘over the past few months, I’ve told a few friends and interested parties that we’re releasing an album soon, and that it’s a Christmas album. You can immediately see the disappointment or bemusement on their faces. Then I have to explain to them how incredibly proud I am of it, and how I rate it as an actual album, as opposed to some kind of stop-gap or cash-grab. It’s eleven original songs. I think it’s some of my very best lyrical work. The band played beautifully. It was the most fun we’ve ever had in a studio together. After hearing the final mix, we marveled, and none of us can stop listening to it. First and foremost, it’s a rock and roll record (fans of our first record are going to flip out) and one that I believe at least a few people will listen to in the summertime, when they get a jones for feeling good. Scout’s honor’. Sleigh bell ring when played by a saxophone as the clarion call that opens Sockswith the first cut hopes for “All the Gifts I Needed”. JD McPherson finds four angels under his tree with “Holly, Carol, Candy & Joy” and strips back the sound to put “Bad Kid” in the spotlight while Socksscratches out a rhythm for a holiday boogaloo in “What’s That Sound” and hammers a beat to match a happy heart in “Every Single Christmas”.
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