ABOUT JACK TEMPCHIN
Legendary Songwriter, Artist and Musician
Co-architect of The Southern California Sound.
Composer of two songs “Peaceful Easy Feeling” & “Already Gone” both on Best-Selling U.S. Album of The 20TH Century EAGLES: THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971-1975.
Featured in ‘History of the Eagles’ tour and documentary.
His set list of hits guarantees a magic memorable evening of sing-alongs to “Peaceful, Easy Feeling”, “You Belong To the City”, “Smugglers Blues”, “Slow Dancing” and other classics!
For 2016, Jack releases a 2nd CD on a new label Blue Elan Records .
Jack Tempchin is a legendary 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. Tempchin has five Eagles contributions total, including “The Girl From Yesterday” from the ‘Hell Freezes Over’ reunion release, plus “It’s Your World Now” and “Somebody”, both on their latest double disc release, ‘Long Road Out Of Eden’.
You may have seen Jack Tempchin’s featured interview in the Alex Gibney-produced ‘History of the Eagles’ rock documentary, or quite possibly have heard his name referenced from the stage by Glenn Frey on the ‘History of the Eagles’ World Tour.
Famously, Tempchin’s tune “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’, who is unceremoniously tossed from a cab. “Part Of You, Part Of Me” another Tempchin/Frey classic was the end title theme song for the Oscar-award winning film, ‘Thelma & Louise’.
BIOGRAPHY: As a harmonica playing teenager growing up in Southern California, Tempchin wrote his first songs at the beach. He and a guitarist friend would create lyrics as they jammed. Under the spell of folk music and blues, Tempchin took up guitar and began writing songs in earnest. Soon he graduated from the audience at coffeehouses to the stage and became part of the scene at West Hollywood’s famed songwriters’ Mecca the Troubadour.
Tempchin was soon one of the regulars at the Troubadour alongside Glenn Frey, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, J.D. Souther, Hoyt Axton and other emerging star songwriters of the early ‘70S. He also became friends with many of the already established young musicians who were living in Los Angeles’s counterculture haven Laurel Canyon and frequented the Troubadour, including the Byrds, Joni Mitchell and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Together these writers and performers would define a roots music inspired style that became known as the Laurel Canyon Sound or California Rock.
New bands were formed and record deals signed almost weekly in that creative melting pot, and when the Eagles released their debut album in 1972, it included Tempchin’s “Peaceful Easy Feeling.” The song reached number 22 on Billboard’s Top 40 Singles chart and earned its writer a place in rock history. “Peaceful Easy Feeling” has since become one of the most popular tunes in the band’s historic repertoire – along with Tempchin’s 1974 follow-up “Already Gone” – and even gained cult movie fame when it was used in the notorious taxi scene in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski.
As a member of the Funky Kings, Tempchin was signed to Arista Records by fellow music business legend Clive Davis. The group’s 1976 debut album featured “Slow Dancin’ (Swayin’ To the Music),” which became a top 10 pop hit for Johnny Rivers and a top 10 country hit for Johnny Duncan a year later. The song’s genre jumping appeal spoke volumes about Tempchin’s writing. To this day his work has a broad appeal and distinctly human touch that allows him to reach all types of listeners.
Jack Tempchin has recently released a ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling Cabernet Sauvignon’ and a ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling Chardonnay’ in association with three-time California State Winery of the Year Award winner South Coast Winery. He’ll continue to perform live and autograph bottles of his ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’ wines at Whole Foods, Sprouts and Costcos in Southern California.
Tempchin’s also interested in sharing his passion with other songwriters and is simultaneously unveiling his new songwriter video series called Go Write One at Patreon.com. “In these videos I talk about the spiritual and magical aspects of songwriting – not the techniques – because I’m trying to get people excited to ‘go write one,’ he explains.
Jack’s lyric manuscripts for both ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’ and ‘Already Gone’ and his original Stella guitar were on view at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA. He was interviewed and delivered a live performance at the museum’s Clive Davis Theatre for their exhibit, “The Sounds Of Laurel Canyon 1965-1977”
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PERFORMING: Tempchin has performed his songs in arenas, concert halls and clubs across the world. Performing live, Jack Tempchin has recently shared the stage with songwriting greats J.D. Souther, Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, Phil & Dave Alvin, Kim Richey, Jules Shear, Jimmy Webb, Dave Mason, Tom Rush, Barry McGuire, and Al Kooper. He’s played opening sets for three current Eagles 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.
In 2012 he conducted his solo acoustic “Peaceful Easy Feeling 40th Anniversary Tour.” That adventure also yielded his seventh solo release, the DVD and CD set Live At Tales From the Tavern, which captures a special night at a Santa Ynez, CA venue called The Maverick Saloon. That disc features artwork by his wife Sheryl, a painter. Sheryl also created the label art on the bottles of Tempchin-inspired Peaceful Easy Feeling cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay sold at Whole Foods and Costcos across Southern California.
Recently, Jack Tempchin took to the road with his solo acoustic show ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling 40th Anniversary Tour’. He has since landed co-writes on the title track of Glenn Frey’s ‘After Hours’ release land on on Jim Lauderdale’s ‘Old Time Angels’ CD. Tempchin’s Bobby Whitlock co-write performed by George Jones song was featured on #1 television drama NCIS. And ‘You Belong To The City’ was placed on the 2013 HBO comedy, ‘Hello Ladies’. Soon he’ll be featured in an upcoming documentary on former bandmate Jules Shear in a movie titled ‘Chasing Jules’.
There’s more further proof of that in his endless string of hits and radio and album classics – from his smash co-writes with Glenn Frey “Smuggler’s Blues” and “You Belong To the City” (which have been sampled by rappers Coolio and Jay-Z) to recordings by Emmylou Harris, Tanya Tucker, Tom Rush, Kate Wolf, The Paladins, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Patty Loveless, Chris Hillman (who co-wrote Learning To Dance’s “You Can Go Home”) and many more.
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. To celebrate, 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 his 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.
SONGWRITING: Famed songwriter Jack Tempchin is known for penning some of the most durable tunes in American music for a variety of artists that includes the Eagles, George Jones, Glenn Frey, Randy Meisner, Glen Campbell, Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood and many others. He’s also co-written with a who’s who of American roots, rock and R&B composers that embraces Tom Waits, J.D. Souther, Bobby Whitlock, Jim Lauderdale and Beth Nielsen Chapman.
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”. More Top 40 hits are Tempchin/Frey co-writes “Smuggler’s Blues” & “You Belong to The City” for the original ‘Miami Vice’ TV show soundtrack. These two songs were later sampled in the 90s by platinum rappers Coolio (Nature of the Business) and Jay-Z (City Is Mine), respectively.
Now Tempchin steps into the spotlight with two new solo releases, the EP Room To Run released on May 5, 2015 and the 11-song album Learning To Dance out on September 2, 2016 from Blue Élan Records.
Both discs span Tempchin’s breadth as a writer and performer, showcasing his flexible tenor voice – warm and intimate on the ballad “Living This Love,” soaring with unbridled joy on “Learning To Dance” and gracefully reflective in “Room To Run” — plus his powerful arranging skills and musicianship, which are strengthened by more than four decades of experience.
Despite his storied musical history, Tempchin says, “I’m looking at myself as a new artist. These are all new songs and I’d like to be accepted based on them. I don’t believe in living in the past. I have millions of songs rushing through my head today, and a real passion for recording them and playing them live.”
Jack’s passion for music crackles throughout Learning to Dance and Room To Run. Both discs were produced by Joel Piper, whose experience as a musician and engineer extends from pop to punk to metal to electronic dance music. But Piper’s work as a video director initially brought him together with Tempchin, to collaborate on Go Write One. After Tempchin signed with Blue Élan, Piper expressed interest in producing his music as well. Their combined perspectives give Tempchin’s new collections of songs a distinctive sound that balances the virtues of timeless narrative storytelling with the benefits of contemporary recording technology. Both men played all the instruments on the two sets’ 15 songs except for Jerry Peterson’s sinuous, soaring saxophone on “Learning To Dance,” which Piper transferred from an earlier demo recording of the song.
The numbers on Learning To Dance all share the themes of love and romance, and weave a lush spell with their blend of electric and acoustic instruments wrapped around a spine of Tempchin’s guitar and Piper’s piano. From the giddy limerence of the title track to the heartbreak of “Love’s First Lesson” to the warmly wistful “You Can Go Home” to the gentle conclusion, “Finally Found Me,” Learning To Dance speaks volumes about the experiences of the heart.
The Room To Run EP was sparked by the acerbically funny “The High Cost of Hate,” with features the refrain, “Since I’m a cheating bastard/And you’re a selfish bitch/Let’s call it quits/And make some lawyers rich.”
“The first time I played the song, completely by coincidence, it was at a lawyer’s convention at a dinner for 150 of the countries top divorce lawyers,” Tempchin recounts. “They thought it was hilarious.”
So did Blue Élan CEO Kirk Pasich, who is also an attorney. He asked Tempchin to release “The High Cost of Hate” a.s.a.p. The ever-prolific Tempchin framed it with three more tracks – the title cut, a warmhearted tale of a father’s love; the touching “Jesus and Mohammed,” about the world’s raging religious divide; and the slacker anthem “Summertime Bum.”
Room To Run and Learning To Dance, Tempchin’s ninth and 10 releases, respectively, are his first solo recordings for a record label since his 1978 eponymous debut on Arista. And his signing inspired an outpouring of songs that has continued since the recording of the two news discs. “Knowing I’ll have a home for my songs now is very inspiring,” he attests.
“It’s impossible to overrate the importance of songs,” Tempchin adds. “Songs change people. Songs enlighten and delight. Songs bring lives together. Songs can nourish and build communities in a billion ways. I’m so proud that I’ve made songwriting my life’s work.”
Jack Tempchin’s also recently released a ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling Cabernet Sauvignon’ and a ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling Chardonnay’ in association with three-time California State Winery of the Year Award winner South Coast Winery. He’ll continue to perform live and autograph bottles of his ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’ wines at Whole Foods, Sprouts and Costcos in Southern California.