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It Seems Like Only Yesterday

by J.D. Pederson

Bridging the styles of Singer Songwriter, Rock, Pop, Blues and Country, J.D. shines on his third release including a duet with Firefall's Larry Burnett.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. We Go Way Back
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2. My Favorite Sunset
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3. Learn the Dance
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4. Believe
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5. Call Me
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6. Kiss & Tell
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7. Welcome to the Party
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8. No Good for You
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9. Peace of Mind
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10. The Sound of Goodbye
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11. Headed Home
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A great blend of what you've come to appreciate in J.D.'s music..the craft of songwriting, great melodies and musicianship. His third release shines with help from Firefall's Larry Burnett (of Cinderella fame) on a number of tunes, including one of Larry's "Learn The Dance."

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Andrew Greenhalgh, Professional Music Critic

It Seems Like Only Yesterday
While the radio waves of today celebrate the latest and the greatest and the hit makers seem to be getting younger and younger, it’s refreshing to run into an artist that reminds us that the best of things in life come to those who work hard and wait. Such is the case with longtime San Francisco troubadour JD Pederson. Pederson has spent years honing his sound and his chops playing club after club, mixing “a blend of his originals, Van Morrison, Little Feat, Jimmy Buffett and the likes of the Flying Burrito Brothers.” And even though Pederson claims that his troubadour days are over, in his own words, “I can still cook up a pretty mean gumbo."

The artist’s latest release, It Seems Like Only Yesterday, is just such a pot of mish-mashed goodness. Sampling elements of rock n’ roll, soul, funk, country, and blues, Pederson and Co. put together a spicy bowl of fun and frolic that sets just right with any fan of good music. And while much credit does go to Pederson, who plays virtually everything on the album, managing vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion, harmonica, and stringed instruments, he also receives some solid support from friend and former Firefall founder, Larry Burnett (vocals, backing vocals).

The album kicks off with the breezy blues of “We Go Way Back,” written as a tribute to one of Pederson’s favorite bands, Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. Fueled with soulful horns and great guitars, it’s a solid start. “My Favorite Sunset” takes things down a Caribbean country route reminiscent of Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney while Burnett and Pederson trade vocals on the Burnett penned “Learn the Dance.” Likewise, “Believe” comes across a bit more country with its mid-tempo bar room vibe and Pederson’s warm drawl.

“Call Me” delivers the most low-key track on the record with it’s tale of unforgiveness and sorrow while “Kiss and Tell” and it’s Santana-inspired guitar work return things to a more upbeat place. “Welcome to the Party” keeps the ball rolling with a straight up blues jam that finds Pederson right at home. With his vocal prowess matching his musical moxie, the result is one of the album’s key gems. “No Good For You” taps into the blues party and fills out this keen little trifecta of soulful guitar and wailing sounds.

“Peace of Mind” features a percussion-heavy funk and one of this album’s greatest lines (“Girl, turn off the headlights/I don’t want to see where I’m going/and what lie ahead of me”) yet album closer’s “The Sound of Goodbye” and “Headed Home” fall flat. Perhaps it’s simply the juxtaposition of hot blues licks to the more subdued tones that these final tracks present but their laid-back near country seem at harsh contrast with the rest of the record.

It’s impossible to listen to JD Pederson’s It Seems Like Only Yesterday and not hear the years of experience within, both musically and personally. A man does not come by this amazing skill (did I mention that he plays virtually every instrument on the album?) nor the passion that the blues demand without having lived it out intimately. And that experience, one may very well say, has definitely made Pederson a fine artist and a better man. Despite a few simple flaws, this is an album worth listening to and then listening to again.

While the radio waves of today celebrate the latest and the greatest and the hitmakers seem to be getting younger and younger, it’s refreshing to run into an artist that reminds us that the best of things in life come to those who work hard and wait. Such is the case with longtime San Francisco troubadour JD Pederson. Pederson has spent years honing his sound and his chops playing club after club, mixing “a blend of his originals, Van Morrison, Little Feat, Jimmy Buffett and the likes of the Flying Burrito Brothers.” And even though Pederson claims that his troubadour days are over, in his own words, “I can still cook up a pretty mean gumbo."

The artist’s latest release, It Seems Like Only Yesterday, is just such a pot of mish-mashed goodness. Sampling elements of rock n’ roll, soul, funk, country, and blues, Pederson and Co. put together a spicy bowl of fun and frolic that sets just right with any fan of good music. And while much credit does go to Pederson, who plays virtually everything on the album, managing vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion, harmonica, and stringed instruments, he also receives some solid support from friend and former Firefall founder, Larry Burnett (vocals, backing vocals). Rolanda Formante adds her prowess as well on backing vocals while Keith Pederson and Trefor Ward showcase some solid saxophone skills, with the remaining horn work being done by The Hurricane Horns.

The album kicks off with the breezy blues of “We Go Way Back,” written as a tribute to one of Pederson’s favorite bands, Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. Fueled with soulful horns and great guitars, it’s a solid start. “My Favorite Sunset” takes things down a Caribbean country route reminiscent of Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney while Burnett and Pederson trade vocals on the Burnett penned “Learn the Dance.” Likewise, “Believe” comes across a bit more country with its mid-tempo bar room vibe and Pederson’s warm drawl.

“Call Me” delivers the most low-key track on the record with it’s tale of unforgiveness and sorrow while “Kiss and Tell” and it’s Santana-inspired guitar work return things to a more upbeat place. “Welcome to the Party” keeps the ball rolling with a straight up blues jam that finds Pederson right at home. With his vocal prowess matching his musical moxie, the result is one of the album’s key gems. “No Good For You” taps into the blues party and fills out this keen little trifecta of soulful guitar and wailing sounds.

“Peace of Mind” features a percussion-heavy funk and one of this album’s greatest lines (“Girl, turn off the headlights/I don’t want to see where I’m going/and what lie ahead of me”) yet album closer’s “The Sound of Goodbye” and “Headed Home” fall flat. Perhaps it’s simply the juxtaposition of hot blues licks to the more subdued tones that these final tracks present but their laid-back near country seem at harsh contrast with the rest of the record.
It’s impossible to listen to JD Pederson’s It Seems Like Only Yesterday and not hear the years of experience within, both musically and personally. A man does not come by this amazing skill (did I mention that he plays virtually every instrument on the album?) nor the passion that the blues demand without having lived it out intimately. And that experience, one may very well say, has definitely made Pederson a fine artist and a better man. Despite a few simple flaws, this is an album worth listening to and then listening to again.
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