J.D. Souther (from the album John David Souther) - For his debut album, JD Souther spelled his name out for the front cover title, John David Souther. It was a critical success, and has been viewed as a ‘lost gem’. The release was 1971, and a spotlight was on the Southern California Country Rock sounds and scene, as promoted by David Geffen and Asylum Records. The songs on John David Souther are completely timeless. Looking back, the phrasing and story lines feel outside of what Country radio was playing, and the Americana template that can only be viewed in hindsight was getting on Rock radio only with a lot of electricity and extended jams behind it. JD Souther has a direct connection between his voice and his words on his debut.
As a singer-songwriter, JD Souther slides his slight vocal twang in on a Soul bubble for the subtlefunk of “White Wing”, and packs the album with the kind of Country music then only found at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California with tracks like “Out to Sea”, and “It’s the Same”. John David Souther flies “Kite Woman” on a Country Rock close to the sound of his then next prohect, Souther-Hillman-Furay Band with Chris Hillman (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers), and Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco). Artists have cherry-picked the debut for tracks, with JD Souther penning songs found on John David Souther that became hits for Bonnie Raitt (“Run Like a Thief”), Linda Ronstadt (“The Fast One”), and the 2005 Eagles reunion with their first single, “How Long”.
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