JD McPherson Finds the Soul in Alabama’s “Why Lady Why”


“‘Why Lady Why’ stands as a testimony as to exactly why Alabama has had such a long and successful career,” says rockabilly sensation JD McPherson, who covers the classic on High Cotton — A Tribute to Alabama. “After digging through their vast catalog of songs, ‘Why Lady Why’ jumped out as the obvious choice for us to record. It carries genre-spanning elements of old R&B and soul and beautiful lyrics.”

McPherson’s slow-burn rendition leads the Americana-influenced album, which arrives Sept. 17. Other performers on the project include Old Crow Medicine Show, Turnpike Troubadours and Jason Isbell. The artists’ reverence for Alabama’s rich catalog is obvious from the first note.

“All my family on my father’s side are Alabamans. I remember sitting with my Uncle Wayne at my Grandma Grace’s house in Linden, Ala., watching the band’s videos on TNN and CMT,” McPherson adds. “There was such a sense of pride for him to see them representing his beloved home state. Fond memories for sure. We’re honored to have been able to be a part of this project.”

Check out the CMT Edge premiere of JD McPherson’s “Why Lady Why.”