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JD McPherson to Bring Early Rock ‘n’ Roll Sounds to Helsinki Hudson

June 14, 2018 12:08 pm

HUDSON — Retro-rocker JD McPherson will bring his uncanny style of early rock ‘n’ roll and vintage rhythm-and-blues to Club Helsinki Hudson on Tuesday, July 24, at 8pm. Hailing from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, the former art teacher comes across as a modern-day Elvis Presley raised on Led Zeppelin, punk-rock and Wu-Tang Clan.

If you close your eyes when listening to JD McPherson, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re hearing Fats Domino, Buddy Holly or Little Richard (or Ruth Brown, for that matter). McPherson’s songwriting and delivery brings you back to the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, when the music was urgent and a little bit threatening and before divisions between rockabilly and R&B segregated the music and its audience. It’s undoubtedly why his debut album, “Signs & Signifiers,” released by Rounder Records, garnered the Independent Music Award for Best Rock Album in 2012.

It’s not for nothing that the Observer called McPherson, “The savior rock and roll deserves.”

For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800. For the most up-to-date concert information, visit