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Join us for a special JD McPherson performance in celebration of his new album Undivided Heart & Soul and The Record Exchange’s 40th Anniversary at 5pm Tuesday, Oct. 3, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise). Presented by 94.9FM The River, this is McPherson’s only Boise show on this tour! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

McPherson’s new album Undivided Heart & Soul (New West) will be available on Oct. 3 three days before its official release date and he’ll be signing albums after the performance!

VIP wristbands* guaranteeing admission to the in-store are now available with preorder of Undivided Heart & Soul, available in three versions:

– Standard CD

– Limited edition deluxe pink colored vinyl with autographed jacket (with download card)

– Standard vinyl (with download card)

*One wristband per album preorder.


JD McPherson presents what he calls “A truly romantic garage rock record.”

Undivided Heart & Soul produced by Dan Molad (Lucius) and McPherson and developed largely in the studio (that studio being the historic RCA Studio B in Nashville), carries a sense of immediacy and irreverence.

“In writing this record, I threw several handfuls of caution to the wind. Lyrically, I was allowing myself to be exposed in a way I never have before. Concurrently, maybe as some sort of a self defense mechanism, the guitars got fuzzier and louder. The first day at RCA was like being in church… by the second day, it was a high school band’s rehearsal space.”

Putting the hands of Dan Molad on the wheel of the record ensured that the music didn’t take too many expected turns. “Having toured with Lucius and befriended Dan, I knew he was the guy to push my buttons and challenge me to try new things. He’s a tireless worker. He’s constantly tinkering away on something… and music just falls out of him.”

The vintage recording equipment and instruments still housed in RCA Studio B greatly informed the direction of the record. “Each night, at the end of tracking, someone would invariably say, ‘You wanna put vibes on this?, speaking of the old RCA Vibraphone. I mean, you can hear THAT vibraphone on Roy Orbison’s ‘Crying’… we couldn’t keep our hands off of it. It guided some of the songs into some strange and wonderful places. ‘Lucky Penny’ took such a cool turn once Ray (Jacildo, keys) added some to it. We wrote several songs on the piano that Floyd Cramer played ‘Last Date’ on. We were soaking up so much of the phantom energy in that room, it led to some incredible sonic territory.”

“Most folks know us for our take on vintage R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll. The past year, I’ve been digging so much into the heavier, brasher sounds of early rock ‘n’ roll… from bands like The Sonics, Link Wray, and into some early British Rock such as The Creation… these influences feature heavily in these songs. The tunes that showed up weren’t exactly always in familiar territory, and… we greeted them as welcome strangers. They have a lot of heart… and that’s what rock ‘n’ roll should always have.”


Join us for The Record Exchange 40th Anniversary Kickoff featuring Josh Ritter at 8pm Sunday, Sept. 24 at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise). This special in-store performance, presented by 94.9FM The River, is Ritter’s only show in town in celebration of his new album Gathering (out Friday, Sept. 22).

VIP wristbands* guaranteeing admission to the in-store are available with purchase of Gathering, available in four versions:

Standard CD

Limited edition deluxe CD (with bonus CD of demo recordings)

Standard vinyl (with download card)

Limited edition deluxe double vinyl (with opaque yellow colored vinyl and etching on side D, bonus CD of demo recordings and download card)

*One wristband per album purchased. YOU MUST HAVE A WRISTBAND TO ATTEND.


1. Shaker Love Song (Leah)
2. Showboat
3. Friendamine
4. Feels Like Lightning
5. When Will I Be Changed (feat. Bob Weir)
6. Train Go By
7. Dreams
8. Myrna Loy
9. Interlude
10. Cry Softly
11. Oh Lord (Part III)
12. Thunderbolt’s Goodnight
13. Strangers


Josh Ritter is the definition of an experienced songwriter. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1999 Ritter devoted his life to a songwriting career, releasing albums independently and garnering word-of-mouth popularity. He eventually caught the attention of Irish-songwriter Glen Hansard (writer of the song “Falling Slowly” from the movie Once) and was invited to be the tour opener for his band The Frames. This then resulted in Josh gaining international success, with his third record “Hello Starling” becoming a charting hit in Ireland. His songs have been featured on the TV show Parenthood and in movies like The Other Woman and Typeface. Josh Ritter has so far released eight studio albums, is an author, husband, father and is considered one of the best living songwriters by Paste Magazine.


I had that feeling you get when the sky is suddenly dark before a summer storm – the thunderheads looming at the edge of the fields – the birds quiet. The smell of the gathering electricity in the atmosphere, the certainty of lightning.

This record is the product of a strange and interesting time. When I started writing Gathering, I felt tired of living in the shadow of my earlier self, my earlier work – but more than discouraged, I felt charged with the possibility and the freedom of cutting myself loose from my own and others’ expectations. I began with an exciting sense of dissatisfaction, and what emerged, as I began to find my voice, was a record full of storms. Some, like “Feels Like Lightning” or “Friendamine” are physical storms. Others, like “Dreams,” are mental ones. Listening to these songs now, I hear uncertainty, mania, laughter and sadness, all vying for their place on the album. I was surprised by the new voice, but I kept writing.

I still can’t tell what era these stories are from. They feel part roustabout, part psalm to me. The narrators are often outsized; big talkers who carry deep inner uncertainties and struggle to keep a strong front against the world raging around them. “Showboat,” ”Cry Softly” and “Oh Lord” all laugh through real darkness, whether alone or among others. In quieter moments, as on “Strangers,” ”Thunderbolt’s Goodnight,” or “Train Go By,” the vulnerability of the characters shines through the cracks of their exterior bluster.

As I wrote this album, I found myself painting again in a serious way. The landscapes that emerged in the paintings followed the same preoccupations with gathering storms that are in evidence on the songs.

When it came time for recording, I had more songs than I have ever had at one time. Rather than picking through them in advance (as I did extensively for Sermon on the Rocks), I opted to record everything I had over the course of two weeks. The goal was to put a ton of stuff down and think about it later. Trina Shoemaker, my band and I headed for the studio.

After the whirlwind of recording had subsided, I was left with a pile of thirty songs. I spent the next couple of months sifting through them in order to decide what songs best hung together to form the record. We did backing vocals and horns in some other studios in Nashville and North Carolina. I asked Bob Weir to sing on “When Will I Be Changed.” We had written his record, Blue Mountain, together, and working with him was deeply influential to my writing during this time.

I have been writing records for almost twenty years now. Each one has been different from the last in subject and form, but with Gathering I feel I’ve found a new electric dissatisfaction, a new way to rejoice as the storm rolls in. – Josh Ritter