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JD & The Straight Shot - Ballyhoo! (Preview)


Preview by Jack Foley

On February 26, 2016, Americana blues band, JD & The Straight Shot, will release their latest project, Ballyhoo!, on CD and Vinyl to UK music lovers.

While lead-singer, JD, started JD & The Straight Shot in 2000, he isn’t alone in his deep-rooted passion for music. He fronts an accomplished four person band, including guitarist Marc Copely (Rosanne Cash, McCrary Sisters, Billy Squier), guitarist Aidan Dolan, bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris), and violinist Erin Slaver (Rod Stewart, Trace Adkins, Martina McBride), all of whom also contribute to songwriting.

In their stunning new album Ballyhoo!, the band explores a stripped-down version of its distinctive sound. The completely acoustic project is storytelling at its finest, steeped in the quiet fire of Americana with elements of blues and rustic New Orleans roots music.

The songs are built on emotion with musical arrangements that mellifluously interweave and effortlessly paint lyrics.

The dark and evocative track Under That Hood describes the unforgettably callous murder of Trayvon Martin.

The title track, Ballyhoo, is entrenched with circus-inspired theatrics with JD positioned as the ringmaster that prompts listeners to limit their own biases, embrace individuality, and keep the “circus” alive.

Glide, a sure to be fan-favourite, evokes “the child that’s inside” with its galloping guitar melody and soaring harmonies, reminding listeners to tap into their own boundless child-like wonder.

This breadth of range and the clarity that the music brings to some universal issues and hardships are part of what makes this band unique.

In addition to their most recent project, Ballyhoo!, the band has recorded five albums: Where I’ve Been (2014), Midnight Run (2012), Can’t Make Tears (2011), Right On Time (2008), and Nothing To Hide (2005) as well as an EP, Daily News Blues (2010).

The band has opened up for the Eagles, Keith Urban, and the Dixie Chicks and boasts a range of musical accomplishments, including features in The New York Times, New York Post, Billboard, and New York Magazine. They’ve performed live on Good Day New York and recently completed a multi-country European tour in November 2015.

Ballyhoo! is out on February 26, 2016 on CD and Vinyl in the UK.

Win JD & The Straight Shot’s Ballyhoo! on CD

To celebrate the release of JD & The Straight Shot’s Ballyhoo! on CD on Friday, February 26, 2016, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. What is the name of JD & The Straight Shot’s 2012 album?

Simply send the answer to Ballyhoo! competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email