Musician J.D. McPherson loves the holidays. But he didn’t want to put out another Christmas album filled with standards that have been redone over and over again. The Oklahoma native wanted to create something different, and that’s exactly what he did.
McPherson’s latest album, a holiday project, is anything but cliche. Rather than recycling “Jingle Bells” – or any other Christmas song, for that matter – he set out to write original material for every song on the record, a total of 11, which include such interesting titles as “Claus Vs. Claus,” “Holly, Carol, Candy & Joy” and the song that gave the album its name: “Socks.”
J.D. McPherson is from Broken Arrow, and Socks is his fourth studio album, but it’s one he’s certainly proud of. Produced by McPherson, who contributed vocals and guitar, and his band – Ray Jacildo (keyboard), Jimmy Sutton (upright bass), Jason Smay (drums) and Doug Corcoran (saxophone, guitar and keyboard) – Socks also includes vocal turns by special guests Luci Silvas and The Giardinaires. McPherson has played at venues across the world, including Glastonbury, Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festival, but he now comes home for the holidays with this highly original and acclaimed Christmas album and tour.