Joe Wyatt
Published September 27, 2017

Amarillo College is pleased to announce that renowned songwriter and 2017 Distinguished Alumnus JD Souther will appear in concert on Thursday, Oct. 26 at AC’s Concert Hall Theater.

General admission tickets are $25 and may be obtained at the AC Foundation Office on the second floor of the College Union Building on the Washington Street Campus, or by calling the Foundation at (806) 371-5924.

UPDATE: Sold out! Ticket sales are now closed.

The event begins at 7 p.m. with a formal presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award, followed by the concert. Proceeds will support the AC Music Department.

Souther, one of the most celebrated songwriters of his generation, wrote or co-wrote some of the Eagles’ biggest hits, including “Heartache Tonight,” and “New Kid in Town.” He was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2013.

Souther spent his formative years in Amarillo and is a graduate of Tascosa High School. He attended AC in 1965 and 1966.

Much more than a writer of influential songs that shaped the Southern California rock sound of the early 1970s, the Grammy-nominated Souther is also an accomplished musical performer and an actor.

He has not only written 10 classics for Linda Ronstadt and collaborated on songs with headliners like James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Buffett, Roy Orbison, and a great many more, but he has released successful solo albums and appeared as an actor in such television shows as Thirtysomething and Nashville.

Souther joins a noteworthy group of past recipients of AC’s Distinguished Alumni Award, a roster that includes, among others, such luminaries as Ben Sargent, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury G. William Miller; and Mary Lou Robinson, a federal judge who in 1973 became the first female appellate judge in Texas.