Listening to tunes by JD and The Straight Shot – opening guest for the Eagles Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte – evokes a variety of quick comparisons from Allman Brothers and Charlie Daniels to The Rolling Stones, especially lead vocals.
The band envisions themselves as a “fusion of down n’ dirty blues with classic rock swagger” and rightly so, but there is more to the story.
Based in the New York, JD and The Straight Shot was founded in 2000 by front man Jim Dolan. Dolan is an excellent example of the ‘best of both worlds’ considering he hasn’t had to quit his ‘day jobs’ – as President/CEO of Cablevision, as well as Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden Inc. plus owner of a couple of sports teams – The Knicks and The Rangers.
The band probably began as a ‘something on the side’ outlet for creativity but has steadily taken a definite life of it’s own as a solid, separate entity.
With a flair for storytelling , the band mixes up a rootsy bluesy stew that’s as rich and haunting as it is rocking. Their music can be found in films and on TV including the song ‘Cant Make Tears’ which is the theme for the AMC series “Hell on Wheels.”
Live, they’ve opened for a few notables here and there including previous Eagles’ outings as well as handling guest shots on the solo tours of Joe Walsh and Don Henley.
The Straight Shot’s personnel core is Dolan plus guitarists Marc Copely and Adam Levy, who also handle writing all the music and lyrics. Along with that trio find Brian Mitchell, keyboards/harmonica/accordion as well as a talented collection of session players to round out the band’s sound including Shawn Pelton, drums; Zev Katz, bass and Lorenza Ponce, violin.
The band’s most recent release‘Midnight Run’ explores new territory from the hard rocking style of three previous albums veering into a more concentrated and acoustic groove that works well when weaving a tale.
Visit the haunting blues rock realm of JD and The Straight Shot – Eagles’ opening guest, live Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., Charlotte. Find show details at 704-688-900 and timewarnercablearena.com. More on the music at thestraightshotmusic.com; and on Facebook.
When they debuted some 21 years ago, the band Hanson – live Wednesday at Amos’ Southend – faced a good news and bad news scenario.
The good news: it was instantly obvious these talented kids had a smash hit in the contagious zeal of the song ‘MMMBop.’
The bad news: how to outlive that image and rise above the anthemic but very ‘young’ scope of ‘MMMBop.’
Flash forward to 2013 and the decidedly grown-up trio of Hanson brothers Isaac, guitar/bass/piano/vocals; Taylor, piano/guitar/drums/vocals and Zac, drums/piano/guitar/vocals have kept their eyes on the prize
Consequently, thanks to four more studio albums, multiple Grammy nominations, over 16 million album sales, an epic fan base, not to mention their own independent label, the brothers Hanson are safe from ever being delegated to the roster of one hit wonders.
Currently on tour in support of a sixth studio album, ‘Anthem,’ Hanson carries on their tradition of melodic rock that’s jam-packed with guitar riffs and rocking rhythms designed to ignite and engage.
Celebrate 21 years of music and melody with Hanson, live along with guest David Ryan Harris at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; 1423 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Call 704-377-6874 or check Amos’southend.com for details. Go to hanson.net for the music scoop.
• Friday: Suttle Band at Luke’s Sports Bar and Grill, Rock Hill; Barry Webster at Fat Finger’s, Catawba; Stella and The Groove Crew at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Travis Garland, Colby O’Donis at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, The Smith Street Band, KooKoo Kanga Roo, more at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; M4 Messenger, Harmonic Blue at Rox Roux, Charlotte; Eagles at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte; Same as It Ever Way at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Kenny Floyd at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Whiskey Myers at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Patrick Davis at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Ellis Paul; The Hot Gates; at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
• Saturday: Sandpaper – P.J. Brunson & David Griffin at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Darrell Harwood and the Coolwater Band at the Long Branch, Rock Hill; Chubby Knuckles at The End Zone, Rock Hill; The Oneppo Brothers Duo at David’s Steak and Spirits, Rock Hill; Hoodwinked at Empire 2-Newport, Rock Hill; M4 Messenger, Watch Husky Burn, Sidewalks at Tremont Music Hall,Charlotte; Dirty Deeds-AC/DC Tribute, Permanent Vacation-Aerosmith Tribute, Nightsongs-Cinderella Tribute at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Perfect Strangers Acoustic at The Lodge, Charlotte; The Barbed Wires at The Comet Drill, Charlotte; Tea Leaf Green, Thomas Wynn & The Believers at the Visulite Theater,Charlotte; Bakalao Stars, Ultima Nota at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Amigo, The Loudermilks, Tim Lee 3 at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Appalucia, Hectorina, Sinners and Saints, more at The Milestone, Charlotte; Arsena Schroeder, POW, Pig Champion at Common Market-Plaza Midwood, Charlotte; Jive Mother Mary, Jon Linker at The Saloon-NC Music Factory,Charlotte; Tater at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Rock & Metal Festival with Auxilia, Kellen Heller, Everthrone, more at The Chop Shop-Noda, Charlotte; Stone Canyon Rangers, Mandolin Orange at Neighborhood Theater,Charlotte; Luna’s Lament, Auxilia, Butterfly Corpse, more at the Rock & Metal Festival Benefit for Cancer Victims/Families at The Chop Shop-No-Da, Charlotte; American Babies, Legs at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Cole Swindell, Out of the Blue at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte.
• Sunday: Fundraiser for Phillipine Relief (early afternoon) at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Anniversary of Chick Singer Night (evening show) at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Kalya Scintilla and Bird of Prey with Futexture, Push/Pull at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte.
• Monday: Rusted Root, Von Grey, Funk Rush at the Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Precious Memories with Si Kahn, Sue Massek at Evening Muse, Charlotte; The Word Alive, I See Stars, Crown the Empire, Get Scared, more at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte.
• Tuesday: NC Musicians Book Release Party with Si Kahn, Jamie Hoover & Steve Stoeckel, Loudermilks, Temperance League, Jay Garrigan, more at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
• Wednesday: Hanson, David Ryan Harris at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Brendan James, Tony Lucca, more at the Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Baauer at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Janelle Monae Electric Lady Tour at The Fillmore, Charlotte.
• Thursday: PJ Brunson Solo at Ledo Pizza, Rock Hill; Third Eye Blind, Hydra Melody at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Whiskey Honey at Double Door Inn, Charlotte.
“And that was all she wrote.”