LINDEN – One of the principal architects of the Southern California country-rock sound, J. D. Souther, is coming to Linden on Friday, April 12.
Souther 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 penning Linda Ronstadt’s classics “Faithless Love,” among others.
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).
But in 1985, after countless hit records, Souther decided to walk away from his career.
According to Souther, “I just wanted to be a good songwriter. I wanted to just stay home and write.”
Relocating to Nashville, Souther wrote for and with artists as diverse as Brooks & Dunn, Jimmy Buffet, Glen Campbell, Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills & Nash, Diamond Rio, Don Henley, Roy Orbison, Bonnie Raitt, George Strait, Brian Wilson, Trisha Yearwood, Warren Zevon and most recently the newly re-formed Eagles, who chose Souther’s “How Long” as the debut single from their album “Long Road Out Of Eden.”
In 2008, Souther returned with his first studio album in 25 years – “If The World Was You.”
His follow-up release, “Rain,” was recorded live at Nashville’s historic Belcourt Theatre. 2011’s “Natural History” includes original arrangements of many of his best known songs.
His current 6-song EP, “Midnight In Tokyo,” was recorded live on a recent trip to Japan.
Each of these recordings exhibits both a bold step forward and a return to Souther’s Amarillo roots, where he grew up steeped in the improvisatory jazz sensibilities of John Coltrane and Miles Davis, as well as music of country and rock pioneers Hank Williams, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison.
In 2009, Souther received the prestigious Golden Note Award from ASCAP at the annual awards show during which he was introduced by Bonnie Raitt and presented the award by his friend Jackson Browne.
As an actor, Souther has played several roles, in television and film. He appears in the recurring role of country songwriter and producer Watty White on ABC TV’s new hit series “Nashville.”
Reserved seating tickets for the April 12 show are $35 and are on sale now.
The doors open at 6:30, with the show beginning at 8 p.m.
To purchase tickets, call 903-756-9934 Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or online at www.musiccitytexas.org.
Music City Texas Theater is located at 108 Legion St. in Linden.
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