JD & The Straight Shot open for the Eagles at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Wednesday, Nov. 20.
TAMPA - Blues-rock band JD & The Straight Shot announce they will open for music legends the Eagles on select dates of the "History of the Eagles" tour this Fall. The tour stops at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Wednesday, Nov. 20.
In celebration of the release of the Eagles' documentary, History of the Eagles, which made its television broadcast debut on Showtime last month, the Eagles invited JD & The Straight Shot to perform as opening act for select dates spanning from Toronto to Miami and everywhere in between. For tickets and more information, visit www.jdandthestraightshot.com.
Frontman Jim Dolan founded JD & The Straight Shot in 2000 with friends from the office. Dolan works as president and CEO of Cablevision, executive chairman of Madison Square Garden Inc. and also oversees New York sports teams such as the Knicks and the Rangers.
Although it began as a side project, JD & The Straight Shot has migrated in a new direction over the past several years - recording and touring heavily to promote their new unique sound and new members.
Relix Magazine explains, "JD & The Straight Shot is more than a businessman's vanity project - it's a legitimate band that continues to evolve."
The band's creative nucleus is Dolan, guitarist Marc Copely (B.B. King), and guitarist Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Amos Lee) - this trio pens all the band's music and lyrics. Instrumentally indispensible is keyboardist Brian Mitchell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm) who also adds harmonica and accordion to the sonic stew. Rounding out the band are some of pop music's finest session players, drummer Shawn Pelton (Rod Stewart, Pink, Daryl Hall, Buddy Guy), bassist Zev Katz (Aretha Franklin, Elton John), and violinist Lorenza Ponce (Sheryl Crow, Ben Folds, Bon Jovi).
JD & The Straight Shot is no stranger to playing with impressive headliners as they have already opened for Eagles' members Joe Walsh and Don Henley as well as ZZ Top and Willie Nelson this past spring. The band has also played with musical greats such as the The Allman Brothers Band, Robert Randolph and more.
With the release of their fourth studio album last summer, JD & The Straight Shot continues to showcase their signature bluesy sound while incorporating distinct New Orleans root influence. The album, Midnight Run, was produced by Kevin Killen (U2, Peter Gabriel) at New York's famed Avatar Studios. JD & The Straight Shot is currently working on their fifth studio album for release in Fall 2013.