Best of 2015: J. D. McPherson – Let The Good Times Roll

Let The Good Times Roll, the second full-length album from R&B roots revivalist J.D. McPherson is a bona fide invitation to boogie.  With reverb-drenched guitars, slap-style upright bass grooves, touches of chugging baritone sax and organ, and McPherson’s signature vocal grit, the record’s eleven tracks burst with energy and soulful depth.

You can hear the Chuck Berry influence in the echoing guitar riffs of “Precious” and the driving rhythms of “All American”, and touches of Little Richard in the finger-wagging swagger of the rollicking “Mother of Lies” and “Bossy”; these gems will have you strutting, sauntering, and shaking your stuff all the way to the nearest dance floor.  While you may be inclined to peg McPherson’s sound as “throwback” or “retro”, it’s undeniable that he’s taking the roots rock genre to the next level with Let The Good Times Roll.  

Susan Hubbard

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