"He's a great songwriter. He paints pictures with simple words. He's just really good at it." -Don Henley
"Jack is a guy who doesn't get enough credit. What a great songwriter he is!" - Joe Walsh
"Sure-footed songwriting craft. Through and through, he's a big deal." -Van Dyke Parks
“The first real songwriter I really saw and really got enthused about." -Tom Waits
“Jack is officially the nicest guy in show business.” –J.D. Souther
“Jack is one of the greats.” - Steve Poltz, San Diego Union Tribune
"Jack's body of work is iconic. His contribution as a world class 'muzoid' is undeniable and I remain a lifelong fan." -ASCAP CEO Paul Williams
"Great songs seem to fly to some songwriters like moths to a porchlight... Jack's a searchlight!" -Madison Keith, KPRI-FM
"Jack is an amazing songwriter. An interviewer's dream." -Roz Larman, FOLKSCENE Syndicated Radio KPFK 90.7 FM
“Nobody can match Tempchin, the greatest songwriter ever to call San Diego home.” -S.D. News
"He’s a true American master.” -Dave Mason K-Earth 101 KRTH-FM
BIO: As the Eagles celebrate 40 years of popular American music history, a multi-platinum mystery man celebrates alongside them: Jack Tempchin. Jack is a legendary hit songwriter whose two hit 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’. Most recently, his featured interviews in the HISTORY OF THE EAGLES Tour and DVD have renewed interest in the songwriter and his songs.
Jack Tempchin first caught fire in the 1970s as member of the Funky Kings with Jules Shear and Richard Stekol, signed by Clive Davis to the original Arista Records label. Tempchin solely composed the Billboard Top 10 track “Slow Dancing (Swayin’ To the Music)” for retro-rocker Johnny Rivers, an iconic hit also taken Top 10 on the Country charts by Johnny Duncan. 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 also co-wrote Frey hits “Smuggler’s Blues” & “You Belong to The City” for the ‘Miami Vice’ TV show soundtrack. (sampled by platinum rappers Coolio and Jay-Z, respectively). And 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.
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 Tempchin 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. Yet another Tempchin co-write became the title track for Glenn Frey’s 2012 solo release, “After Hours”.
Jack Tempchin recently returned to his roots, and has been delivering his multi-platinum songwriter hits on solo acoustic guitar. Performing everywhere from 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 Starr 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. 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, eMusic, Amazon and right here on CDBaby.
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.
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 mueum's Clive Davis Theatre for their exhibit, "The Sounds Of Laurel Canyon 1965-1977".
This year, Jack Tempchin has signed a record deal with new L.A. based label Blue Elan Records. He released his 4 song ROOM TO RUN EP in May to great critical reviews from NoDepression and Elmore Magazines, Boomerocity, All Access and others. Jack's new full length, LEARNING TO DANCE will be available on both CD and 180 gram vinyl AND on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, eMusic etc. courtesy of Blue Elan Records on August 21st, 2015