In 2010, he released his solo debut, the Sutton-produced Signs & Signifiers (featuring the single "North Side Gal"), on Hi-Style Records
. The video for the "North Side Gal" went viral and, along with a heavy touring schedule, helped build McPherson's fan base. Two years later, Signs & Signifiers was re-released to a wider audience on Rounder
Records and ultimately reached number 47 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart. That same year, McPherson was invited to join acclaimed British singer/songwriter Nick Lowe
on a leg of his West Coast tour.
McPherson then whet fan appetites with a 2014 covers EP before returning in 2015 with his sophomore full-length album, the Mark Neil-produced Let the Good Times Roll. Included on the album was the single "Bossy," as well as the track "Bridgebuilder," co-written with the Black Keys
' Dan Auerbach
. Well received, the album landed at number 17 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart.
In 2017, McPherson returned with his third full-length album, Undivided Heart & Soul. Recorded in Nashville's historic RCA Studio B with Lucius
-drummer Dan Molad producing, the album found McPherson exploring a fuzztone, '60s-style R&B. Featured on the album are collaborations with Butch Walker
, Parker Millsap
, and Aaron Lee Tasjan
. Also featured are guest spots from Lucius
singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, Nicole Atkins
, and the Raconteurs
guitarist Jack Lawrence. Included on the album are the singles "Crying's Just a Thing That You Do" and "Lucky Penny." ~ Matt Collar