JD And The Straight Shot Where I've Been on LP + Download
“I think this is the best work we’ve ever done,” explains JD & The Straight Shot founder and frontman Jim Dolan of the band’s latest release, Where I’ve Been. Produced by Joe Walsh, Where I’ve Been features several breakthrough singles including “Governor’s Song,” which challenges some of today’s most well-known political figures; “Under That Hood,” a transformative single that tells the tragic story of Trayvon Martin; and “Hard to Find,” which will be featured in the highly-anticipated film, St. Vincent, starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy.
Dolan’s day gig is Cablevision Systems CEO and Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden, where he also oversees New York sports teams such as the Knicks and the Rangers. Music is his passion. “I needed something in my life where I felt like I was actually creating,” says Dolan. “Most of what I do as an executive is orchestrate. I don’t actually set up cable and I don’t really shoot hoops. Music is something I’ve played since I was a kid. It’s me purely expressing myself.”
JD & The Straight Shot’s creative nucleus is Dolan and guitarist Marc Copely (B.B. King), who pen all the band’s music and lyrics. Instrumentally indispensable is guitarist Aidan Dolan; keyboardist Brian Mitchell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm); and drummer Joe Magistro (The Black Crowes). Also part of the band are some of pop music’s finest session players, bassist Zev Katz (Aretha Franklin, Elton John), and violinist Erin Slaver (Rod Stewart, Trace Adkins, Martina McBride).
Dolan started JD & The Straight Shot in 2000. The band has recorded four previous albums: 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’s style is steeped in the quiet fire of Americana, with distinctive elements of the blues and mystical, rustic, New Orleans-flavored roots music – topped off with a dash of the classic rock of Dolan’s youth.
JD And The Straight Shot Where I've Been Track Listing:
1. Palm Reader
2. Where Ive Been
3. Hard To Find
4. Under That Hood
6. Violets Song
7. Going Nowhere Good
8. Girls Night Out
9. White Bird
10. Governors Song