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Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2018

JD Souther [Night 2]

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Born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Texas, John David Souther came into his own upon moving to Los Angeles and becoming part of the burgeoning singer-songwriter scene surrounding the Troubadour bar. It was here that he met the artists who would figure so prominently in his career: Glenn Frey, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, and many others.

On his own, but certainly not alone, his songwriting flourished. By 1976, the Eagles had huge hits with his music and Linda Ronstadt had made breathtaking recordings of his songs, some of them duets with him. But it was 1979 when Souther registered his first massive hit as a solo artist: “You’re Only Lonely” from the record You’re Only Lonely. The track hit number one at Adult Contemporary radio that year and rose as high as number seven on the Billboard Top 100. The 1980s and 1990s saw Souther’s songs sell another ten million units on records by George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks and Dunn, and the Dixie Chicks, to name a few.

Recently, Souther has adopted more of a jazz songwriter persona, with records full of new and old originals recorded in a stripped-down, haunting style. He is balancing his pop and jazz sensibilities, paying particular homage to his earliest influences, the geniuses of the twentieth-century Great American Songbook on his latest record, Tenderness.

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