Playing at the Sunrise Theatre with Jewel
Playing at the Sunrise Theatre with Jewel
J.D. & the Straight Shots
J.D. & the Straight Shot

I was ecstatic about attending this amazing concert featuring Jewel and her opening act, JD & the Straight Shot  held at our local Sunrise Theatre. I was not familiar with the opening band but in my research I uncovered information how extraordinary the frontman JD was. His musical talent is a hobby of sorts because he owns the Knicks and is the CEO of Cablevision and Madison Square Gardens. Dolan formed the band in 2000 and since then one of the many coups was to have his song, “Can’t Make Tears” become the theme song in AMC’s hit show “Hell on Wheels”. I knew as soon as Jim Dolan(JD) stepped out with his diverse 5 piece band, that Fort Pierce was in for a treat. The genre of music echoed rock, rhythm and blues flavor that drew the audience into engaging in hand clapping and toe tapping. Their set included many songs such as, “Ballyhoo” and “Natures Way”  with their signature acoustic sound. JD & the Straight Shot performance was uplifting, lyrically provocative and catchy. When a musical group has you singing a verse in your head, like the their song, “Better Find a Church” days after the concert, you know you are hooked. If you did not attend this sold out performance, then you missed out. I hope they come back again. Below you will find more information and a link to their website.

Press Release:

KICKING OFF ON MARCH 4TH FEBRUARY 29, 2016 – LOS ANGELES — 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”  Click the link here to the harmony-filled cover song “Nature’s Way,” Dolan’s love of classic rock songcraft 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 on tour with Jewel:
3/4​Lake Charles, LA​​@Golden Nugget
3/5​Biloxi, MS​​@IP Casino Resort
3/6​Jacksonville, FL​​@Florida Theater
3/10​Ft. Lauderdale, FL​@Parker Playhouse
3/11​Ft. Pierce, FL​​@Sunrise Theatre
3/12​Orlando, FL​​@Hard Rock Live
3/13​Clearwater, FL​​@Capitol Theater
3/17​Greensboro, NC​​@Carolina Theatre
3/18​Wilmington, NC​​@Humanities & Fine Arts College
3/19​Durham, NC​​@Carolina Theatre
4/7​Washington, DC​​@Lincoln Theater
4/8​Albany, NY​​@The Egg Center For the Performing Arts
4/9​Harrisburg, PA​​@The Forum Theatre
4/14​Ridgefield, CT​​@The Ridgefield Playhouse
4/15​Bethlehem, PA​​@Sands Bethlehem
4/16​Atlantic City, NJ​​@Borgata
4/17​Boston, MA​​@Wilbur Theatre
4/28​Munhall, PA​​@Carnegie of Homestea

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Plythe Freedman holds a MA in Youth Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary. She is a mother of two. Her passion for small businesses and her community has been displayed through her many hours of volunteering and meeting with city officials to assist in promoting Fort Pierce. She is also a former board member of Grace Way Village, a non profit organization that helps clothe and feed disadvantaged children. She is a former member of the Chamber of Commerce and a former Royal Palms member. She served on the RDC advisory board at Suncoast Mental Health Center. And She was appointed by a City Commissioner to serve on the CRA Advisory Committee as the chair. She worked with Frontline For Kids as their public relations specialist and had her own column in the Lincoln Park Main Street Showcase. Plythe's goal is to promote Fort Pierce as a destination for families to visit, live, work and play.

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