YouTube might seem like an improbable common denominator for veteran troubadour Jack Tempchin and pop superstars Katy Perry and Justin Bieber. Guess again.
Perry and Bieber were born in 1984 and 1994, respectively — 21 and 11 years after Tempchin’s classic song, “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” became one of the Eagles’ most beloved hits in early 1973. When YouTube, which helped jump-startd Bieber and Perry’s careers, debuted in 2005, the veteran San Diego singer-songwriter, meanwhile, was already 58 and had written a slew of hit songs for the Eagles, Johnnny Rivers and other artists.
Now, thanks to this enormously popular video-sharing website, longtime Encinitas resident Tempchin has recently been able to revisit early parts of his career, which have been documented on YouTube by persons unknown.
“It’s just amazing,” said Tempchin, whose gently alluring new album, “Learning to Dance,” comes out Aug. 21 on Blue Élan Records. On Tuesday night, he’ll play a few songs and discuss his career and new album at U-T Talks presents: An Evening with Jack Tempchin at TSRI Auditorium. The free event is open to Union-Tribune readers, on a first-come, first-served basis, but you must RSVP online in advance at sandiegouniontribune.com/rsvptempchin. (Full details are at the conclusion of this article.)