Well known to the SoCal roots scene for decades, Jack Tempchin is known more for songs he has written that other artists have spun into hit covers than for his own albums. Since the ‘70s, he has had an ear for the pulse of modern pop and country/folk-rock to an extent that he has travelled the world, played with many of the top artists of his generation, and had many of them interpret his laid-back and catchy ballads. These include the Eagles (and individual members of that group), George Jones, Johnny Rivers, Emmylou Harris, Glen Campbell, and many others.
His new album, One More Song, batches together a dozen of his tunes to honor his coffeehouse roots here in San Diego. Tempchin wrote the songs over the course of his career, and only three have been recorded previously. They all share the unhurried, ultra-mellow, easy-chair feel of his most famous tracks, like “Peaceful Easy Feeling.” The album reinforces this laid-back vibe with arrangements that are stripped down enough that on eight of the tracks everything is sung and played by just Tempchin and producer Joel Piper.