A 2013 inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, J.D. Souther is a legitimate legend in popular music. An architect of the Southern California sound and a huge influence on modern songwriting, J.D. Souther has written or co-written many of the Eagles hits including "Heartache Tonight," "Victim of Love," "New Kid in Town," "Best of my Love," Don Henley's "The Heart of the Matter," as well as the Eagles' 2007 hit, "How Long." Linda Ronstadt has recorded many of his songs, including "Faithless Love," "Simple Man, Simple Dream," and "Prisoner in Disguise." Souther's hit "You're Only Lonely" reached the top ten and was quickly followed by "Her Town, Too" which J.D. co-wrote with James Taylor. The Dixie Chicks' 1998 hit "I'll Take Care of You," was written by J.D. and featured on their album Wide Open Spaces, which sold over 11 million records.
After a twenty-five year performing hiatus, Souther returned to recording and live performance in 2008, blending his trademark Americana-influenced style with new flavors of jazz and blues. On his new album, Tenderness, J.D. s debut album on Masterworks, he worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Larry Klein who has produced albums for Joni Mitchell, Madeleine Peyroux, Herbie Hancock and Tracy Chapman, to name a few. Tenderness is a late-night masterpiece, haunting and wise and entirely reflective of the persona of this mysteriously brilliant American treasure.