October 2, 2019 – 8:28 am


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Denver 1976 [no label, 1CD]

Solo acoustic show. Live at Ebbets Field, Denver, Colorado; July 2, 1976. Very good FM broadcast.

Singer-songwriter JD Souther is probably best known for his well-honed writing abilities, especially in the field of country rock. He co-wrote some of the biggest hits for the Eagles, including Best Of My Love, Victim Of Love, Heartache Tonight, and New Kid in Town. He wrote Run Like A Thief, which appeared on Home Plate by Bonnie Raitt in 1975. Souther dated Linda Ronstadt briefly, co-produced her Don’t Cry Now album, and wrote songs for several of her multi-platinum albums. - wikipedia

“Hanging out in the bar at the Troubadour with Glenn Frey and Jackson Browne and playing open mike Mondays, then opening for Poco and The Flying Burrito Brothers - it was the best study in songwriting I can imagine… It’s also where I met Linda Ronstadt and where Don Henley and Glenn Frey met to form this little country rock band called Eagles that would go on to make musical history.” - jdsouther.net

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Thanks to rzahakos for the CD rip; and to kingrue for sharing the show at The Traders’ Den.

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Track 01. Kite Woman 3:16
Track 02. Intro for Run Like A Thief 3:04
Track 03. Run Like A Thief 3:41
Track 04. Faithless Love 4:54
Track 05. Mexico 4:10
Track 06. Simple Man, Simple Dream 2:32
Track 07. Silver Blue 3:59
Track 08. Your Turn Now 4:35
Track 09. Banging My Head Against The Moon 5:22
Track 10. Prisoner In Disguise 5:36
Track 11. Baby Come Home 4:24
46 mins

If you’ve never heard of Souther, the best place to look is Border Town: The Very Best Of JD Souther released in late 2008. Order it here.

  1. 15 Responses to “JD SOUTHER - DENVER 1976”

  2. Rumor has it JD gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Oct 2, 2019

  3. The guy had one Top 10 hit as a singer, “You’re Only Lonely” from around this time 40 years ago. Also did some acting in “Thirtysomething,” a show which could stand a reboot albeit with a different cast.

    By Tony on Oct 2, 2019

  4. Sad news: Karel Gott, great Czech singer, passed away at the age of 80. R.I.P.

    By Josef (Czech republic) on Oct 2, 2019

  5. A great example of a singer / songwriter genius who never achieved commercial success. Sometimes you need a big break , record deal etc . To me he’s up there with Jackson Browne ‘ Tom Petty ‘ Springsteen, Zevon as a songwriter. Also great voice . His duet with Linda Ronstadt on the song Prisoner in Disguise is a thing of beauty.

    By Bill on Oct 2, 2019

  6. He is singer song writer with serious credits. He hung out with the Eagles was part of an all star tribute for Roy Orbison had a Hit song with James Taylor… He should be inducted into Rock N Roll Hall of Fame

    By Thom Bell on Oct 2, 2019

  7. J.D. Souther always was a moody and sometimes hot-headed guy which I’m sure didn’t endear him with certain record company types. Still, considering the commercial sound of his stuff, he definitely should have been bigger than he was.

    Some of his lyrics have aged pretty poorly though (or rather, were always kind of fishy). Check out “Mexico” on this set. The narrator is sleeping around because his girlfriend is in Mexico “spending all your daddy’s dough”, so he sleeps around, because “I got so lonely, I guess had to let somebody know”. Exchange “lonely” for “horny”, JD, at least that’s a little more honest. For a guy who was a notorious womanizer in the 70s (The great, underappreciated Judee Sill wrote “Jesus Was A Crossmaker” in response to him dumping her) he has a lot of misogynist, “evil woman”-type songs.

    By This is just to say on Oct 2, 2019

  8. He had great chemistry with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris both musically and in the bedroom . Supposedly he gave both of them his big un often back I. The day .

    By Scaromouch on Oct 3, 2019

  9. This guy wasn’t famous enough to get me backstage. A Giant Coc was a requirement but so was fame. To get me backstage for a suck and fuck you had to have both

    By Bebe on Oct 3, 2019

  10. Sad news 2: Barrie Masters, great UK singer of Eddie & The Hot Rods, died suddenly, aged 63.

    By Gazza on Oct 3, 2019

  11. My standards went up once I appeared as playboys playmate of the month November 1974

    By Bebe on Oct 3, 2019

  12. Bill,A great example of a of a nobody who knows shit who never achieved and never did or will ever have any success. How can such a loser be allowed to keep posting his lack of music knowledge,Stop using my name,Every time I turn in my grave…..

    By Tom Petty Ghost on Oct 3, 2019

  13. JD! Yay!

    (Even though I have a friend who knows him and says he’s an asshole.)

    By leesa on Oct 5, 2019

  14. Thank you!

    By Frank on Oct 6, 2019

  15. “(Even though I have a friend who knows him and says he’s an asshole.)”

    I would imagine a lot of people who have met or known Souther would think he’s an asshole.

    I finally listened to this concert and he’s constantly complaining about an audience member that’s talking too loud. He’s well in his right, of course, but his stand off-ish nature comes through loud and clear.

    With all that said, this is a fantastic sounding recording with a good setlist.

    By This is just to say on Oct 9, 2019

  16. This is a great show!! Thanks Big O!! I love getting something different like this. I didn’t have any solo stuff of J.D. until this. I’ll look into getting more now. The sound quality on this is A+ too….

    By Big Dave on Oct 25, 2019

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