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- In 1984, singer/songwriter J.D. Souther followed the chart-topping successes of “You’re Only Lonely” and the James Taylor duet “Her Town Too” with HOME BY DAWN, an album that Rolling Stone declared his best, with songs that “rank right up there with his forlorn classics ‘Run like a Thief’ and ‘Faithless Love.’” And then, in 1985, after a brief tour in support of the album, J.D. Souther disappeared. One of the principal architects of the Southern California country-rock sound, Souther famously played a key role in the formation of the Eagles and co-wrote their hits “Heartache Tonight,” “Victim of Love,” “New Kid In Town,” and “Best of My Love,” as well as writing Linda Ronstadt’s classics “Faithless Love,” “Simple Man, Simple Dream,” and Prisoner in Disguise.” A highly sought-after songwriter and session man, Souther also released three critically acclaimed solo albums — “John David Souther,” (1972) “Black Rose,” (1976), and “You’re Only Lonely” (1979) — and two albums as a member of The Souther Hillman Furay Band, the supergroup which united Souther with Poco’s Richie Furay and the Byrds’ Chris Hillman. Relocating to Nashville, Souther wrote for and with artists as diverse as India.Arie, Brooks & Dunn, Jimmy Buffet, Glen Campbell, Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills & Nash, Diamond Rio, Dixie Chicks, Don Henley, One Flew South, Roy Orbison, Bernadette Peters, Bonnie Raitt, George Strait, Brian Wilson, Trisha Yearwood, Warren Zevon, and most recently the newly re-formed Eagles, who chose Souther’s protest song “How Long” as the debut single from their first studio album in twenty-eight years. And now — following the release of the 18-track BORDER TOWN: THE VERY BEST OF J.D. SOUTHER — Souther returns with his first studio album in twenty-five years: IF THE WORLD WAS YOU. It is both a bold step forward and a return to Souther’s Amarillo, Texas roots, where the young multi-instrumentalist grew up steeped in the improvisatory jazz sensibilities of John Coltrane and Miles Davis as well as in the music of rock pioneers Hank Williams, Buddy Holly, and Roy Orbison, all of whose influences are evident throughout. IF THE WORLD WAS YOU is the long-awaited return of a master singer/songwriter as well as the birth of a new and relevant artist who’s creating music that is absolutely essential and entirely his own. Twenty-five years in the making, J.D. Souther’s triumphant return with IF THE WORLD WAS YOU has most definitely been worth the wait.
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