The Eagles invite JD & The Straight Shot to Open on July Tour

Article Contributed by Big Picture Media | Published on Friday, June 21, 2013

Blues-rock band JD & The Straight Shot have announced that they will be opening for music legends the Eagles on the "History of the Eagles" tour this July. The tour kicks off on July 6 in Louisville, KY with 12 concerts scheduled through July 25. 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 with opener JD & The Straight Shot will perform concerts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Cleveland, Ohio; Toronto, Ontario; Grand Falls Windsor, Newfoundland; Ottawa, Ontario; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Uncasville, Connecticut; Boston, Massachusetts; Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Bethel, New York. For tickets and more information, visit:

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 (U2Peter Gabriel) at New York's famed Avatar Studios

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History of the Eagles Tour Dates:

Saturday, July 6

KFC YUM! Center   

Louisville, KY

Sunday, July 7


Milwaukee, WI

Tuesday, July 9

Quicken Loans Arena

Cleveland, OH

Thursday, July 11

Air Canada Centre

Toronto, ON

Saturday, July 13

Salmon Festival 2013

Grand Falls Windsor, NFLD

Monday, July 15

Scotiabank Place

Ottowa, ON

Tuesday, July 16

Wells Fargo Center

Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, July 18

Mohegan Sun

Uncasville, CT

Friday, July 19

Comcast Center

Mansfield, MA

Monday, July 22

Verizon Center

Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, July 23

Consol Energy Center

Pittsburgh, PA

Thursday, July 25

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Bethel, NY