New York City-based Americana band JD & The Straight Shot played a hometown show at City Winery on June 22nd.
This show was the last stop on the band’s tour in support of their album ‘Ballyhoo’. They are planning to release a new record in the fall. From the first song through the evening it was very apparent that the group enjoyed their time on stage filling the room with their excitement and energy. The set included several songs from their ‘Ballyhoo’ album including “Ballyhoo”, “Perdition”, and one of our favorites “Better Find a Church”. The crowd also really enjoyed the performance of ‘Redemption Train’ which had a great funk feel.
Throughout the evening, Jim Dolan shared the back stories about several songs. One story was closely tied to Dolan’s 90 year old parents, who were special guests at his performance. He dedicated his song, “Where I’ve Been” to them. He discussed that the meaning of the song was about aging and things changing. I’ve got more time behind me then ahead to the finish line was a revealing lyric that exemplifies the songs meaning.
The group also performed several songs they wrote for films including “Hard to Find” from the film St. Vincent, “Violet’s Song” from the film August: Osage County, and “Little White Lies” from the film Butter. Other songs included in the performance were a cover of “Natures Way” by Spirit and a fun instrumental jam of “Wipeout” and “Tequila”. The evening ended with their song “Midnight Run”. This song was written for the film ‘Lawless’ and was performed by Willie Nelson.
We were lucky to enjoy a wonderful evening by the talented musicians in JD & The Straight Shot!