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JD logo screenshotAmericana 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. The  New York Post calls vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan  “reminiscent of Tom Waits and Randy Newman”, and 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.

Ballyhoo! Is steeped in the quiet fire of blues and roots music (Produced by Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Miranda Lambert). The were a whole lot of calibrating artist on these track as well, with 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 goes on and raves about JD & The Straight Shots saying ,” 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.”

“We’ve always approached writing songs acoustically, so it made sense to go in that direction. They just sound right this way.” said Frontman Jim Dolan about going acoustic on this fourth album, he goes on to say “We’ve always approached writing songs acoustically, so it made sense to go in that direction. They just sound right this way.”

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 Homestead

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