In 1984, Souther followed the chart-topping successes of "You're Only Lonely" and the James Taylor duet "Her Town Too" with 'Home by Dawn', an album that Rolling Stone and Time Magazine declared his best. He has collaborated with countless world-renowned musicians including Bonnie Raitt, Warren Zevon, Don Henley, Linda Ronstadt, Paul Williams, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Hugh Masekela, Burt Bacharach, Dixie Chicks, India Arie, Roy Orbison, Arthur Hamilton, George Strait, Brian Wilson and Trisha Yearwood.
Following a leave of absence in 1985 to build his dream house, travel and spend time with his dogs (all rescues, of course), Souther marked his return to songwriting with three critically acclaimed albums, 'If World Was You' (Slow Curve Records), 'Rain: Live at the Belcourt' (Slow Curve Records), and 'Natural History' (eOne).
In 2007, he wrote the Eagles comeback single, "How Long" which was featured on 'Long Road Out of Eden', their first studio album since 1979. In 2009, JD was presented with the Golden Note Award at the 47th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards. In the Fall of 2012, JD released 'Midnight in Tokyo' (eOne Music) and is featured on the hit ABC show Nashville as legendary producer, songwriter and mentor Watty White. JD's character "sees through the game on every level." A decade-long Nashville resident, Souther tells Rolling Stone that the show "feels authentic to people in this world... for most of the people who live here, they're thrilled there's finally a show in which they escape the usual stereotype."
Souther's album 'Midnight in Tokyo' (eONe Music) is a recent live collection of his music alongside Ellington and Ray Henderson; an album he describes as "rough and smooth and wonderful; saloon music in the night." The live album was recorded on a recent trip to Japan.
Souther was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013 and is currently writing for his next national release which is scheduled for 2014