New York City-based Americana band JD and The Straight Shot recently released their vibrant sixth studio album Good Luck And Good Night.
Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan, guitarist Marc Copely (B.B. King, Rosanne Cash), bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton), violinist/fiddler Erin Slaver (Martina McBride, Rod Stewart) and drummer/percussionist Shawn Pelton (Sheryl Crow, Levon Helm, Saturday Night Live band), the dynamic group’s all-acoustic record was produced and mixed by Copely (Toby Lightman, Owen Danoff, Upright Man) and engineered by Chuck Ainley (Mark Knopfler, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack) at Soundstage Studios in Nashville.
Front man Dolan says, “We pushed ourselves harder than ever before on this album and are so proud of the new music.”
Influenced by artists like The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and The Beatles along with traditional Irish folk music and classical music, Good Luck And Good Night delivers a huge sound steeped in the quiet fire of American roots music and the swagger of rock n’ roll. New England Music News enthuses “They expertly fuse folk, country, blues and rock,” Rock At Night calls JD & The Straight Shot “Superb Americana,” Stageshottz Magazine praises, “They define the new Americana sound” and Front Row Music News raves, “They’re equal parts talented and entertaining!"
The sparkling title track featuring a child chorus crescendo, is a thoughtful commentary on the divisive state of news reporting today, and scorching lead single, “Run For Me,” showcases unbridled energy, galloping rhythms and expansive sonic layers. “Moonlight” entrances with soaring melodies, while the banjo-and-fiddle-driven burner “Ballad Of Jacob Marley” re-tells the tale of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Story about greed and the ability to change. The beauty of Maya Angelou’s words shines in the contemplative “Never Alone” based on her 1975 poem “Alone,” the gospel-infused, foot-stomping “Redemption Train” sings of salvation, the melancholy, moving “Tonight” touches on the terrors of domestic abuse and the graceful ballad “I Know, You Know, I Know” addresses the secret passions of love that cannot be.
Good Luck And Good Night boasts two memorable covers including a rousing rendition of the Three Dog Night classic “Shambala” chock full of vocal harmonies, and, in homage to friend Glenn Frey, a sweepingly stunning cover of the Eagles’ “It’s Your World Now.”
JD & The Straight Shot will be touring aggressively in support of Good Luck And Good Night. The band has previously hit the road with luminaries such as the Eagles, Keith Urban, Don Henley, Dixie Chicks, Jewel, Joe Walsh, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and more. South Florida Insider gushes, “JD & The Straight Shot’s wonderful harmonies make the melodies even sweeter” and their live show is “everything a music lover could want and more.”
Marty's review: The multiple talents of JD & The Straight Shots come together on this all acoustic, Americana roots production that I know will excite roots music fans. With instrumentation combining acoustic guitars, fiddle, upright bass, accordion and a shuffling percussion, the album sounds crisp and uncluttered with a down to earth approach that is both refreshing and compelling. The lead vocals and harmonies are exceptional as is the songwriting and level of musicianship. There are several music elements in the overall sound which combines blues, gospel, folk, country, bluegrass and Americana. Their efforts in pushing themselves on this release have paid off and the results more than speak for themselves.