Thursday, March 17, 2016

See JD & The Straight Shot, April 7th at Lincoln Theatre

Jim Dolan of JD & The Straight Shot

From our friends at JD & The Straight Shot...

American Band JD & The Straight Shot on Tour with Jewel, Kicking Off on March 4th

On the heels of their recent European trek, Americana band JD & The Straight Shot are set to open for Jewel’s Picking Up the Pieces tour kicking off on March 4th in Lake Charles, LA. JD & The Straight Shot - vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan whose voice the New York Post calls “reminiscent of Tom Waits and Randy Newman,” guitarist/vocalist Marc Copely (B.B. King, Rosanne Cash), bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton) along with touring musicians guitarist JJ Appelton (David Bowie, Keb Mo, Darius Rucker) and violinist Alicia Enstrom (Keith Urban, Nashville Symphony) - are hitting the road in support of their new, all-acoustic album Ballyhoo! released on January 15th.

Produced by Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Miranda Lambert), Ballyhoo! Is steeped in the quiet fire of blues and roots music. The eleven lush tracks were written by Dolan, Copely and House along with violinist Erin Slaver (Rod Stewart, Trace Adkins, Martina McBride) and guitarist Aidan Dolan, with additional contributions by Chris Carmack (who plays Will Lexington on TV’s Nashville) and Adam Levy (known for his work with Norah Jones and Tracy Chapman.)

Roots music authority No Depression raves, “JD & The Straight Shot have written some really thought provoking and gripping songs; and this passionate and delicate treatment really makes them memorable, to the extreme.

Frontman Jim Dolan explains that the decision to go acoustic on the band’s fifth record was a natural one. “We’ve always approached writing songs acoustically, so it made sense to go in that direction. They just sound right this way.”

The beauty of Ballyhoo!’s stripped-down instrumental approach is clear on the infectious tracks. From the swamp groove of “Better Find A Church” ( to the harmony-filled cover song “Nature’s Way,” Dolan’s love of classic rock song-craft shines bright. Slide-blues album opener “Empty” tells the story of hitting rock bottom and climbing back up, while “Here He Comes” pays homage to the genius of Johnny Cash, “Glide” reflects on the pureness of childhood joy, and closing ballad “I’ll See You Again” offers a hopeful eulogy.

In addition to dates with Jewel, JD & The Straight Shot toured alongside luminaries such as the Eagles, Keith Urban, the Dixie Chicks, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Allman Brothers Band, and recently performed on the “Today Show” and “Good Day New York.”

JD & The Straight Shot opens for Jewel on Thursday, April 7th at DC's Lincoln Theatre. Click here to purchase tickets.

JD & The Straight Shot (on tour) with Jewel:
March 4, Lake Charles, LA @Golden Nugget
March 5, Biloxi, MS @IP Casino Resort
March 6, Jacksonville, FL @Florida Theater
March 10, Ft. Lauderdale, FL @Parker Playhouse
March 11, Ft. Pierce, FL @Sunrise Theatre
March 12, Orlando, FL @Hard Rock Live
March 13, Clearwater, FL @Capitol Theater
March 17, Greensboro, NC @Carolina Theatre
March 18, Wilmington, NC @Humanities & Fine Arts College
March 19, Durham, NC @Carolina Theatre
April 7, Washington, DC @Lincoln Theatre
April 8, Albany, NY @The Egg Center For the Performing Arts
April 9, Harrisburg, PA @The Forum Theatre
April 14, Ridgefield, CT @The Ridgefield Playhouse
April 15, Bethlehem, PA @Sands Bethlehem
April 16, Atlantic City, NJ @Borgata
April 17, Boston, MA @Wilbur Theatre
April 28, Munhall, PA @Carnegie of Homestead