Meridian Star

December 3, 2012

Another rising music star has Meridian connection

By Steve Gillespie / Managing Editor
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Singer-songwriter JD McPherson is scheduled to be on "The Late Show with David Letterman" Tuesday.

    The show airs at 10:35 p.m. on CBS.

    Meridianites Genie and Rayford Durden plan to be in the audience.

    What's the connection? McPherson is their nephew.

    A native of Broken Arrow, Okla., McPherson made his Rounder Records debut with the release of "Signs & Signifiers" in April.

    McPherson, 35, is a former art teacher, but he's "always had a band on the side," Genie Durden said. During his high school days McPherson played in several punk rock bands.

    Some of his earliest attention as a recording artist came from Europe. His sound is new yet nostalgic with early rock 'n' roll and rockabilly influences.

    McPherson has a new holiday song, "Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)," which will be available on iTunes on Dec. 11.

    In October he was part of the lineup that paid tribute to Chuck Berry with a lifetime achievement award from the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

    The Durdens plan to take an early flight to New York Monday. After Tuesday McPherson has several dates scheduled in California, Washington and Oregon through December, a New Year's Eve show in Chicago, followed by several performances in the United Kingdom, France, Netherlands and Australia.