SHOW REVIEW: JD McPherson at The Magic Bag Ferndale 5/30 by Marc Nischan
Our old pal Marc Nischan was kind enough to hook in again and check the fantastic JD McPherson last week over at the Magic Bag in Ferndale
If you haven't found your way to picking up JD's new record please do so now
Tell them MCB sent ya
Thursday night marked the second time JD McPherson has played the Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI. The last show was absolutely amazing but Thursday night’s show proved that JD and Co. rock the house every night.
There are a ton of bands in what I’ll loosely call the vein of “Americana,” whether that’s rockabilly, roots country or just straight rock’n’ roll. What really makes this band stand out from a sea of really talented bands is the masterful way that they handle the dynamics of the songs they perform. From the haunting, mellow roll of the title track Signs And Signifiers to a full on rave like Scratching Circles, the band can turn up the energy or dial it back to keep the crowd eating out of their hands for the whole show.
JD McPherson has criss-crossed America and touring in support of Signs And Signifiers and even kicked off 2013 with a tour in Europe before returning to the U.S. and it’s no wonder that they’ve earned the bragging rights for having the most-played album of the year on Americana radio according to Rounder Records.