By Michael Yanko
for Concert Photos Magazine
Live at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL 1-24-17
When you are selected to be the opening act for a sold out Don Henley concert you have to be doing something right!
I'm not sure whether you would call this band blues, rock, Americana, country, or bluegrass, I guess a combination of all five would be appropriate.
The acoustic set by JD & The Straight Shot was very entertaining and they did a great job warming up the crowd. JD (James Dolan, yes, THAT James Dolan) was very personable, and what little he may have lacked in vocal skills he more than made up for through rapport with the crowd and an excellent supporting band. JD wonderfully explained the history and/or meaning of each song and the crowd really seemed to be very responsive to his banter. The band has recorded 6 albums and performed a nice mix of a few older originals and songs off their new album “Ballyhoo.”