JD & the Straight Shot

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Mash Dr. John, George Thorogood, the Blues Brothers, and Huey Lewis together, and it might sound something like JD & the Straight Shot on Nothing to Hide, which is very much in a snaky, swampy R&B-blues mold. Lead singer James Dolan's functional, raspy vocal style, however doesn't have the talent or distinction of any of those sort of names. Delivered with the assistance of a decent crack R&B-rock band, it's not bad; it's just not special. At least, unlike many another bar band-type outfit with similar influences, JD & the Straight Shot present all original material, often with a foreboding tone, though the overall vibe is more jovial or wistfully amiable than menacing. It seems more a sincere effort by admiring fans of this kind of music than an expression from artists who've lived it, though it's well-played and tastefully executed.

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