Photographer: Caeser Sebastian

Photographer: Caeser Sebastian

Artist: JD & The Straight Shot
Album: The Great Divide (out now)
Genre: Americana

JD & The Straight Shot – vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan, guitarist/vocalist/producer Marc Copely (B.B. King, Rosanne Cash), bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton), violinist/fiddler/vocalist Erin Slaver (Martina McBride, Rod Stewart), drummer/percussionist Shawn Pelton (Sheryl Crow, Levon Helm, Saturday Night Live band) and guitarist/vocalist Carolyn Dawn Johnson (Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride) have just released a new album titled “The Great Divide.”

“The Great Divide” starts off with twangy acoustic guitar picking for the song of the same name. JD and the gang then jump in for the very catchy choruses. We then take a haunting trip down to Cajun country with a voodoo tune of “Dead Men Tell No Tales.” “It Might Be Night” starts off with banjo picking and the tempo picks up to a full harmonizing Americana jam session. There is the bittersweet tale of “Bees” – metaphor of getting a reward of honey or getting stung. “Take It Slow” is Latin flavored, and it will get you up to bust out in the Cha-Cha. Slaver begins “Walkin’ On A Wire” with a blazing violin/fiddle piece. The song then transitions into an upbeat and hand-clapping lyrical journey. JD&TSS like to pay homage to classic bands, that’s why they included covers of the Turtles classic “Happy Together” and The Allman Brothers Band instrumental “Jessica.” Both sounded just as good but in Americana style.

JD & The Straight Shot once again deliver a stellar album with “The Great Divide.” They continue to lead the way with the Americana genre.

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