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JD and the Straight Shot leave their mark in Atlanta

By • Jan 24th, 2017 • Category: Live Show Reviews

Review by William Simpson

Patrons piled into the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia on a rainy and cold Sunday January 22 night in anticipation of seeing former Eagle Don Henley.  Before Henley came to the stage the audience was entertained by Americana band JD and the Straight Shot.  Last year JD and the Straight Shot released their all-acoustic album “Ballyhoo!” and are currently on the road supporting the release.

JS and the Straight Shot is fronted by mild mannered James Dolan, CEO of Cablevision.  Music was Dolan’s first love before joining the family business and being onstage playing his music is still one of his biggest thrills.  Dolan is joined onstage by guitarist/vocalist Marc Copely, bassist Byron House.  Joining these musicians onstage are touring musicians’ guitarist JJ Appleton, vocalist/guitarist Erin McCarley, and percussionist Shawn Pelton.

The show opened up with the songs “Glide” followed by “Perdition” from the “Ballyhoo!” album.  The set leaned heavy towards the latest album with “Empty”, “Under That Hood”, and “Hard to Find”, and of course the title track, to name a few.  Dolan has put together a good group of technically superior musicians and creative song writers.  Along with the great musicianship, the harmonies created by the individuals onstage will blow you away.  Dolan has a smooth cool demeanor onstage and is a good contrast to the excitement and energy coming from the guitarist and violinist.

JD and the Straight Shot put on a great show and was the perfect opening act this night in Atlanta.  The full house may have come to see the legend that is Don Henley but they left looking for JD and the Straight Shot on their favorite music app, Spotify, iHeart, Pandora, etc.  Don’t forget to pick up your copy of BallyHoo!

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