Dengue Fever (music group)

Essential tracks: J.D. McPherson's 'Let the Good Times Roll' a sharp shock

Essential tracks: J.D. McPherson's 'Let the Good Times Roll' a sharp shock

J.D. McPherson, "Let the Good Times Roll" (Rounder). A lightning bolt of a record, Oklahoma rock 'n' roller J.D. McPherson's second album delivers 11 shocking songs that split the difference among Buddy Holly, early Rolling Stones, the Black Keys and Bo Diddley. A supremely smart songwriter who cuts at a lover on the rockabilly sprint "Bossy" with the wicked opening line, "Did you win a black ribbon for breaking hearts," McPherson understands the importance of lyrical precision and can capture tough emotions with a few carefully crafted syllables.

McPherson is adept at constructing rockers and ballads. "Bridgebuilder" blends...

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