“Probably because Jack Tempchin has opened for a couple of concerts,” says AMSDconcerts honcho Carey Driscoll, “co-billed for one or two others, and been called up from the audience to play a song or two during at least one other AMSD concert — in addition to coming to some other concerts at AMSD — I hadn’t realized that it had been so long since he was the featured performer at one of our shows. It looks, from my records, like Jack’s last headlining appearance at AMSD was way back in February 2010. So to say that another Jack Tempchin show is long overdue would be a great understatement, and it’s an oversight we’re correcting right now.”
The occasional Eagles songwriter, whose parents relocated from Ohio to San Diego when he was still an infant, will make his first appearance at AMSDconcerts’ new Sweetwater Community Church digs in Bonita on April 13. Expect to hear signature Eagles tracks such as “Already Gone,” “Somebody,” and “It’s Your World Now,” as well as one of the top-selling songs of all time, the Eagles’ “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” which has inspired a same-name Cabernet Sauvignon from Temecula’s South Coast Winery as well as serving as the title of a 2017 Tempchin album. But you can also probably count on several other numbers you know well but had no idea he had a hand in writing, including famous former neighbor Tom Waits’ “Tijuana” (written with Waits at SDSU’s Backdoor Theater while Tempchin was managing the student venue, moments before they debuted it onstage together), and two of Glenn Frey’s biggest hits, “You Belong to the City” and the Miami Vice track “Smuggler’s Blues.” His songs have been covered by everyone from locals the Paladins and former Byrd Chris Hillman to George Jones, Glen Campbell, Tanya Tucker, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Trisha Yearwood, and even Jay-Z and Coolio.