Americana blues band, JD & The Straight Shot, who recently released their latest album, BALLYHOO!, are back with a new single, the beautifully crafted Better Find A Church.
While lead-singer, Jim Dolan, started JD & The Straight Shot in 2000, he isn’t alone in his deep-rooted passion for music. He fronts an accomplished four person band, including guitarist Marc Copely (Rosanne Cash, McCrary Sisters, Billy Squier), guitarist Aidan Dolan, bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris), and violinist Erin Slaver (Rod Stewart, Trace Adkins, Martina McBride), all of whom also contribute to songwriting.
In their stunning album BALLYHOO!, the band explores a stripped-down version of its distinctive sound. The completely acoustic project is storytelling at its finest, steeped in the quiet fire of Americana with elements of blues and rustic New Orleans roots music.
The songs are built on emotion with musical arrangements that mellifluously interweave and effortlessly paint lyrics. This breadth of range and the clarity that the music brings to some universal issues and hardships are part of what makes this band unique.
In addition to their most recent project, BALLYHOO!, the band has recorded five albums: WHERE I’VE BEEN (2014), MIDNIGHT RUN (2012), CAN’T MAKE TEARS (2011), RIGHT ON TIME (2008), and NOTHING TO HIDE (2005) as well as an EP, DAILY NEWS BLUES (2010).
The band has opened up for the Eagles, Keith Urban, and the Dixie Chicks and boasts a range of musical accomplishments, including features in The New York Times, New York Post, Billboard, and New York Magazine.
Better Find A Church is out on May 20.