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J.D. Souther

Bottom Line (New York, NY)

Nov 11, 1979

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  1. 1 'Til The Bars Burn Down 05:28
  2. 2 If You Don't Want My Love 04:36
  3. 3 The Last In Love 03:40
  4. 4 James Dean 02:40
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J.D. Souther - lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars; Jorge Calderone - guitar, vocals; Josh Leo - guitar, vocals; Vince Melamed - keyboards; Bobby Tsukamoto - bass; Dave Kemper - drums

Emerging from the same southern California folk-country-rock scene that delivered Linda Rondtadt, the Eagles, and Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther has claimed more of a stake in the business as a successful songwriter than as a performer. He has written and co-written for countless musicians, including those aforementioned artists and also James Taylor.

After moving to Los Angeles from Texas in his early twenties to pursue a career as a session musician and songwriter, Souther met up and rented an apartment with another aspiring singer/songwriter, Glenn Frey. The two formed a duo called Longbranch Pennywhistle. They got a deal on the small Amos label, but failed to release any chart-breaking hits. The experience did, however, spawn a songwriting relationship that would last for years. In the end, Souther and Frey penned several hits for Frey's next band, the Eagles, among them "Best of My Love," "Heartache Tonight," and "New Kid in Town."

Souther, moreover, produced, co-wrote and performed with his friend Linda Ronstadt on her 1973 chart-topping Don't Cry Now album. This experience led to an offer from David Geffen to be a part of a new super group he was forming with Poco's Richie Furray and The Byrds/Burrito Brothers mainstay Chris Hillman. Together as the Souther-Hillman-Furray band, they made two albums and went on two tours before breaking up in 1975.

This recording, though brief, shows Souther at a time when he had finally broken through with the hit title track of his 1979 album, You're Only Lonely.

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J.D. Souther - lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars; Jorge Calderone - guitar, vocals; Josh Leo - guitar, vocals; Vince Melamed - keyboards; Bobby Tsukamoto - bass; Dave Kemper - drums

Emerging from the same southern California folk-country-rock scene that delivered Linda Rondtadt, the Eagles, and Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther has claimed more of a stake in the business as a successful songwriter than as a performer. He has written and co-written for countless musicians, including those aforementioned artists and also James Taylor.

After moving to Los Angeles from Texas in his early twenties to pursue a career as a session musician and songwriter, Souther met up and rented an apartment with another aspiring singer/songwriter, Glenn Frey. The two formed a duo called Longbranch Pennywhistle. They got a deal on the small Amos label, but failed to release any chart-breaking hits. The experience did, however, spawn a songwriting relationship that would last for years. In the end, Souther and Frey penned several hits for Frey's next band, the Eagles, among them "Best of My Love," "Heartache Tonight," and "New Kid in Town."

Souther, moreover, produced, co-wrote and performed with his friend Linda Ronstadt on her 1973 chart-topping Don't Cry Now album. This experience led to an offer from David Geffen to be a part of a new super group he was forming with Poco's Richie Furray and The Byrds/Burrito Brothers mainstay Chris Hillman. Together as the Souther-Hillman-Furray band, they made two albums and went on two tours before breaking up in 1975.

This recording, though brief, shows Souther at a time when he had finally broken through with the hit title track of his 1979 album, You're Only Lonely.