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As the Eagles celebrate 40 years of American music history, a multi-platinum mystery man celebrates alongside them. Revealed in their riveting 'History of the Eagles' documentary is legendary composer Jack Tempchin. Jack is a hit songwriter whose two compositions, "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and "Already Gone", are now synonymous with the Southern California Sound. Both songs are on 'Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975', awarded *Best-Selling U.S. Album of the 20th Century* by the RIAA.
Jack Tempchin has five Eagles contributions total, including "The Girl From Yesterday" from the 'Hell Freezes Over' reunion release. He co-wrote "It's Your World Now" and "Somebody" on their latest double disc release, 'Long Road Out Of Eden'. Tempchin also solely composed the Billboard Top 10 track "Slow Dancing (Swayin’ To the Music)" for retro-rocker Johnny Rivers. And famously, Tempchin's "Peaceful Easy Feeling" was featured in a notorious taxi scene in the Cohen Brothers cult classic, 'The Big Lebowski', starring Jeff Bridges as The Dude.
In the 1980s, Tempchin co-wrote a dozen radio hits for Glenn Frey's solo career including "True Love", "The One You Love", "Sexy Girl", "Party Town", "I Found Somebody", "Soul Searchin", "Livin' Right" and "Part Of You, Part Of Me" the end title theme song for the Oscar-winning film, 'Thelma & Louise'. Tempchin co-wrote Frey hits "Smuggler's Blues" & "You Belong to The City" for the 'Miami Vice' TV show soundtrack. (Later sampled by platinum rappers Coolio and Jay-Z, respectively). Yet another Tempchin co-write became the title track for Glenn Frey's 2012 solo release, "After Hours".
Jack Tempchin songs have also been performed and/or recorded by George Jones, Emmylou Harris, NRPS, Glen Campbell, Chris Hillman, Jackson Browne, Dwight Yoakam, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Johnny Duncan, Richie Havens, Randy Meisner, Sammy Kershaw, Kate Wolf, Tom Rush, The Paladins, and Jim James of My Morning Jacket.
And Jack enjoys co-writes: He's had them with Tom Waits, J.D. Souther, Jim Lauderdale, Beth Nielsen Chapman, John Brannen, Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos), Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Alex Woodard, Kim Richey, Joel Piper, Joe West, Clay Mills, Chris DuBois, Dennis Morgan, Gary Nicholson and more.
Jack Tempchin has returned to his roots recently, performing his multi-platinum songwriter hits on solo acoustic guitar. With intimate shows at house concerts, churches, and libraries, to large radio festivals, and performing arts center concerts, he's recently shared the stage with songwriting greats J.D. Souther, Jimmy Webb, Dave Mason, Tom Rush, Barry McGuire, and Al Kooper. He's also opened for Eagles solo sets by Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit and for Jackson Browne, Chicago, Poco, Karla Bonoff, Dolly Parton among others. In the 90s, Jack toured as the opening act for Ringo Starr and his All Star Band at major venues like The Hollywood Bowl.
On December 1st, 2012, the Mayor of San Diego, California, officially proclaimed a 'Peaceful Easy Feeling Day' for America's Finest City, to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Tempchin's song having originally been released as a single by the Eagles in 1972. Also for finishing at his neighborhood Hillcrest Der Wienerschnitzel, and to acknowledge his contribution to causes in his own backyard; To quote the Mayoral Proclamation "WHEREAS, Jack Tempchin has been a quiet and positive force for the community as he plays most charity events presented to him, including Make-A-Wish San Diego, Feeding the Soul Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Museum of Making Music, North County Humane Society, and many others."
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Peaceful Easy Feeling, Tempchin has released a new DVD/CD titled 'LIVE AT TALES FROM THE TAVERN'. Filmed at the Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez, CA, by famed rock photographer Henry Diltz, it contains several of Jack's original hits performed by the man who composed them, including 'Peaceful Easy Feeling',' Already Gone', 'The One You Love', 'You Belong To The City' and 'Slow Dancing' all available now on iTunes, CDBaby, eMusic, and Amazon.
This year, Jack Tempchin has put out his new Peaceful Easy Feeling Cabernet Sauvignon in association with South Coast Winery. Book him for your event as he takes his solo acoustic hits on the road for his 'Peaceful Easy Feeling 40th Anniversary Tour'... Not to be missed!
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Jack Tempchin - Guitar, Vocal and Harmonica
1977 Funky Kings (Arista Records)
1978 Jack Tempchin (Arista Records)
1994 After the Rain (Night River Records)
1995 Lonely Midnight (Night River Records)
2000 Live on Hwy 101 (Night River Records)
2004 Staying Home (Night River Records)
2007 Songs (Night River Records)
2012 Live At Tales From The Tavern CD/DVD
2013 PEACEFUL EASY FEELING Cabernet Sauvignon (South Coast Winery)
"He’s a master songwriter, a crafter of songs that feel tranquil but run layers deep."
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A skeleton has nothing to hide. And a stripped-down acoustic run-through of a famous song is simil...
A skeleton has nothing to hide. And a stripped-down acoustic run-through of a famous song is similar. Jack Tempchin has penned many of those songs, most notably the Eagles’ “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Already Gone” and “The One You Love.” On his new CD, Live At Tales From The Tavern, Tempchin reveals the soul of the skeleton.
Right off the bat on the opening track “The One You Love,” I instantly find myself humming the Eagles version in the back of my mind. I can’t seem to help it, 80’s rock radio tattooed that one permanently into my brain. However, as Tempchin starts moving through the first verse, with his slow, soft and eloquent approach, I now hear only the words. The subtle accent of the acoustic guitar and a soothing harmonica riff to help sell the famous harmony is a nice touch, further separating the song from its famous Glenn Frey/Don Henley vocals. And suddenly, it becomes the “who ya gonna choose” tragic love song it was all along. And that right there is the strength of the record and the ace in Tempchin’s deck. He’s a master songwriter, a crafter of songs that feel tranquil but run layers deep.
With Live At Tales From The Tavern, Tempchin returns a bag full of his famous hits to their roots. No longer is the Glenn Frey Miami Vice theme song “You Belong To The City” a glitzy over-produced pop song. Here, Tempchin strums a moody guitar while creating a lonely longing tale from the streets delivered with a layer of grime. The 1977 Johnny Rivers top ten hit “Slow Dancing,” becomes even more graceful with Tempchin’s reading accenting its romantic underpinnings. And the mega-famous Eagles hit “Already Gone” transforms into a hootenanny sing along of independence celebration. With a comfortable straight ahead approach, Tempchin reclaims these songs, returning them to their rightful owner and exposing the beauty in their craft.
Tempchin also gives you a two-song glimpse at his blues abilities. The slide guitar work he does on “Bender” jumps out, and when he throws his head back and howls out the chorus, you can really feel it. The second blues number on the record “Loneliest Piano in Town” not only displays enough of Jack’s comfort with the blues but also shakes up the tempo of the whole CD. Tempchin’s two passes at the blues leave you wondering what an entire record of original penned blues songs coming from him would sound like.
The Live At Tales From The Tavern CD rounds out with Tempchin singing “Peaceful Easy Feeling”–a perfect homage to the man’s persona. Tempchin’s vocal timber is warm and inviting, and sung in his thick lower register, it creates the perfect nightcap to the evening.
The album package also comes with a live DVD of the night which offers an even more insightful glance at the artist. It’s the full run of the album’s songs with added between-song banter that shows off Tempchin’s dry wit. You also get a glimpse behind the creations of some of the songs. Tempchin’s warm personality and wise sage-like vibe are contagious; once you see the DVD, you instantly miss it when listen to the recording.
Tempchin is a San Diego treasure who, for years, has relied on the lasting power and longevity of a well-constructed song to cement his legacy. Live At Tales From The Tavern throws a tight spotlight on Tempchin and his songs and serves as a showcase to his far-reaching talents. -Rick Ostop
Jack Tempchin's 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' at 40. San Diego singer-songwriter wrote two of The Eagles' biggest hits -- and much more.
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“Jack is a guy who doesn’t get enough credit. What a great songwriter he is!” said Eagles guitarist ...“Jack is a guy who doesn’t get enough credit. What a great songwriter he is!” said Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, who lived near Tempchin in Encinitas between 1995 and 2001..."
Song turns 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' to Wine. The classic 1972 Eagles' hit, written by San Diego's Jack Tempchin, has inspired a new wine line.
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Peaceful Easy Feeling wine takes its name from Tempchin's classic song, which The Eagles rec...Peaceful Easy Feeling wine takes its name from Tempchin's classic song, which The Eagles recorded in 1972 and subsequently featured on their "Greatest Hits" album. Tempchin also co-wrote another Eagles' favorite, "Already Gone," as well as co-writing some of the biggest solo hits by Eagles mainstay Glenn Frey.
"I just sent Glenn a few bottles," Tempchin said. "I called him last year and asked, to make sure it was OK with him for me to do this in the first place. He said: 'Hey, it's your song, man." Basically, he was saying (The Eagles) don’t mind a bit. I sent him a few bottles, so he can check it out before the wine hits the world..."
4 Stars**** "Some would judge Tempchin's narratives as marginally cynical. I'd counter that his grasp of lives realities is truly level headed."
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Some would judge Tempchins narratives as marginally cynical. Id counter that his grasp of lives real...Some would judge Tempchins narratives as marginally cynical. Id counter that his grasp of lives realities is truly level headed. -Arthur Wood
"The end result is a masterful tour de force by a master songwriter and country-rock journeyman."
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Don’t tell anyone I told you this, but there’s a bootleg recording from 1973 of Jack Tempchin (with ...Don’t tell anyone I told you this, but there’s a bootleg recording from 1973 of Jack Tempchin (with his friend Tom Waits) performing a song called “Tijuana” at Lou Curtiss’ Folk Art Rare Records. The mood of the song is playful, homespun, and jocular as the two San Diegans harmonize about the challenges of driving home after a bender down South. The recording was made just before the two made history of their own.
Jack Tempchin’s life after 1973 would be a whirlwind of rock star fantasies. He would write some of the finest and best-selling pop songs of the last 50 years. He would tour with the likes of Ringo Starr. He would spend the next 35-plus years in the spotlight as a performer and bandleader.
Much of that changed, however, a few years ago when Tempchin decided to go back to his folk roots. Instead of performing with a backing band, Jack began gigging solo, alone on stage with just his voice, an acoustic guitar, and his harmonica. This is the Jack Tempchin that first began playing the San Diego folk circuit in the mid-’60s at places like La Mesa’s Candy Company and SDSU’s Backdoor.
The latest chapter in this new phase is the album titled Live at Tales from the Tavern. (Tales from the Tavern is a venue in Santa Ynez, near Solvang, California, which regularly features an all-star who’s-who from the 1960s and 70s folk-rock scene including David Crosby, Chris Hillman, and Herb Pedersen.) The Tempchin CD also comes with a DVD recording of the same show.
The album features 11 songs that are sure to take any Tempchin fan down memory lane. Hits such as “The One You Love,” “Already Gone,” “You Belong to the City,” “Slow Dancing,” and of course “Peaceful Easy Feeling” weave their magic throughout the set while appearing fresh and new, due to the fact that now there is no backing band, no vocal harmonies. It’s just Jack, alone, and stripped down to his bare essence.
Alternating with the usual hits are little surprises such as “Amy,” a song that Jack wrote as part of his Song a Day journal. (“Amy,” a very clever piece of narrative storytelling, is journal entry #23 in case you want to look it up on Jack’s website.)
Another highlight is “Bender” from Jack’s 1995 Lonely Midnight album. This belt-’em-out blues shows that Tempchin isn’t all about easy-feeling rock and slow songs. Here he musters up the greatest ghosts of the Mississippi Delta to howl about a night (or a week) of drinking not unlike the night recalled in 1973’s “Tijuana.”
Rounding out the set are some of my personal favorites, including “Loneliest Piano in Town,” “Jazzbird,” “Lovers Like Us,” and “Jesus and Mohammed.” The end result is a masterful tour de force by a master songwriter and country-rock journeyman.
Missing are “Smuggler’s Blues” from the 1980s TV show Miami Vice and a personal favorite of mine “Out in the Desert” from Jack’s 2007 album Songs. But, then again, hey, a guy who has written hundreds of songs and is now dedicated to writing one song per every waking day can’t include everything from his repertoire. Besides, now there’s a reason to release a follow up album some day soon…hopefully, very soon. -Raul Sandelin
"Live At Tales From The Tavern is a heartfelt live presentation by Jack Tempchin of some of his notable material... a fine collection of well-crafted songs."
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Jack Tempchin is primarily known as a songwriter. His greatest fame came for his songs recorded by T...Jack Tempchin is primarily known as a songwriter. His greatest fame came for his songs recorded by The Eagles and Glenn Frey; but other artists such as George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Kate Wolf, Tom Rush, Richie Havens, and a host of others have recorded his material.
Every once in a while he steps out of the background and issues an album of his own. On September 25, he will release his eighth album titled Jack Tempchin - Live At Tales From The Tavern. It is the latest in the Tales From The Tavern series, which records artists in intimate settings at small clubs. Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Jon Dee Graham, Chris Hillman, and Steve Forbert have all recorded for the series and now Jack Tempchin joins their ranks.
His new release is a CD/DVD combo which presents him at his simple best as he sings a number of his well known songs and combines them with some newer material. It is just his voice, guitar, and harmonica, which puts a new spin on many of the tracks as it keeps the focus on the lyrics and his skill as a songwriter.
Two of his most famous Eagles compositions highlight the album. "Peaceful Easy Feeling" was made for his laid back approach but "Already Gone" is transformed from rock to a folk interpretation. Two songs associated with Glenn Frey, "The One You Love," and "You Belong to the City," receives similar treatment.
I had forgotten he wrote the Johnny Rivers hit, "Slow Dancing." Here he presents a gentle version of Rivers' mid-tempo pop rocker. When you add in such lesser known tunes such as "Bender," "Loneliest Piano in Town," "Jazzbird," and "Jesus and Mohammed," you have a fine collection of well-crafted songs.
Tempchin's approach is about as laid back as they come, but he is perfect for a small club setting. His patter and stories between the songs only add to the atmosphere. Live At Tales From The Tavern is a heartfelt live presentation by Jack Tempchin of some of his notable material. It is a fine way to spend an hour. -David Bowling
The Ballad of Midnight Jack - Songwriter Profile: Jack Tempchin (The Eagles)
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As a hit songwriter best known for his era defining co-writes for the Eagles, “Peaceful Easy Feeling...As a hit songwriter best known for his era defining co-writes for the Eagles, “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” and “Already Gone,” Tempchin could probably sleep as late as he wishes. But he is a creative man of action. In Los Angeles, he performs at the Hotel Cafe or The Piano Bar, and he is priming a secret Hollywood locale for invitation-only after-hours confabs. In Nashville, he commands the stage at the fabled Bluebird Cafe.
"It’s a fun and intimate performance, and the stripped-down versions are often revealing."
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The CD/DVD set Live at Tales From the Tavern captures Jack Tempchin performing some of his best-know...The CD/DVD set Live at Tales From the Tavern captures Jack Tempchin performing some of his best-known songs and a few other quirky originals in front of an audience. Tempchin’s contributions to the Eagles catalog included “Already Gone” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling. He also wrote big hits with Glen Frey, including “The One You Love” and “You Belong to the City.” The best moments may be his rendition of “Slow Dancing” and “Amy,” an ode to infidelity with women of the same name. It’s a fun and intimate performance, and the stripped-down versions are often revealing.
"Tempchin, a vessel for sun-soaked messages and slow, mellow rhythms, manages to stay in the forefront, a lyricist with a passion for performing."
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Many songwriters are unsung heroes. Many write award-winning lyrics, but remain in the shadows. Howe...Many songwriters are unsung heroes. Many write award-winning lyrics, but remain in the shadows. However, hitmaker Jack Tempchin doesn't fall into any of these categories. Tempchin, a vessel for sun-soaked messages and slow, mellow rhythms, manages to stay in the forefront, a lyricist with a passion for performing. With hits like "Peaceful, Easy Feeling" and "Already Gone," he blazed a trail for easy-listening country rock and has been penning timeless, sterling tunes ever since. The prolific songwriter recently took time to speak to Examiner.com about his career...
The One You Love
Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed
The Girl From Yesterday
You Belong To The City
Slow Dancing (Swayin' To The Music)
Peaceful Easy Feeling
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