You could mistake JD McPherson for a revivalist, given how few other contemporary artists are likely to assert, as he boldly does, that 'Keep a Knockin' by Little Richard is the best record ever made. However, in a very real sense, McPherson is much more a pioneer than roots resuscitator. On his sophomore album 'Let the Good Times Roll,' JD is knocking at the door of something that has arguably not previously been accomplished a spirited, almost spiritual, and very artistic hybrid that brings the forgotten lessons from the earliest days of rock 'n' roll into a future that has room for the modernities of studio technique and 21st-century singer/songwriter idiosyncrasies.
McPherson and the wonderful Jimmy Sutton pay tribute to their musical heroes, and they do it in the right way by making their own music that carries that tradition forward. With the addition of new team players, including the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, JD McPherson is back with more timeless roots rock 'n' roll. Just as 'North Side Gal' proved how vital and irresistible American music can be, JD McPherson has now given us a new record that helps us continue to 'Let the Good Times Roll.'