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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

JD And The Striaght Shot Press Release


One of the nice things about being a blues blogger, is I get press releases! I am always interested in helping out new bands! I just got this press release from the good folks at Ariel Publicity. These guys are out of New York. On their myspace page they have a nice latin based song. Click HERE to hear it. To check out their home page and to get tour information Click HERE. Here is a bio from Ariel Publicity:


About The Artist

Dolan and The Straight Shot – guitarist and chief songwriter, Bruce Koplow; bassist, Sue Williams; drummer, David Longworth and keyboardist, Jonny Rosch – put slow-burning blues jams together with ballads and tight rockers on NOTHING TO HIDE.

Despite some graying, Dolan says his generation – inextricably linked to the music of the ’60s – remains passionate about music and continues to turn out in droves for concerts. “This album is about growing up without growing old, which is what my generation is trying to do right now,” Dolan says. “These are classic rock songs for the classic rock generation.”

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Biography

For a guy who spends 9 to 5 holding the reins of power at two successful businesses, Jim Dolan knows how to kick out the jams.

By night, he is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for JD & The Straight Shot. By day, Dolan is the chairman of Madison Square Garden and the president and CEO of Cablevision Systems Corporation. The odd marriage of artistic sensibility and business acumen, Dolan says, give him a sense of balance in his life.

“I’m just like thousands of guys who picked up a guitar when they were 15, except that I never put it down,” he says. “Music is one of my earliest passions and has always been a part of my life. One of my biggest thrills came a few years ago when I stepped onstage in front of a paying crowd for the first time. The crowd had no idea who we were, but we won them over. It was such an amazing feeling.”

Always content to play his music for family and friends, Dolan broke out of his shell almost seven years ago and started a band with coworkers. The group played company functions and entertained crowds with covers of classic rock hits. Based on the success of those performances, Dolan brought together his first proper band – The Straight Shot – three years ago. In 2005, JD Records released the quintet’s debut, NOTHING TO HIDE.

Dolan and The Straight Shot – guitarist and chief songwriter, Bruce Koplow; bassist, Sue Williams; drummer, David Longworth and keyboardist, Jonny Rosch – put slow-burning blues jams together with ballads and tight rockers on NOTHING TO HIDE.

Despite some graying, Dolan says his generation – inextricably linked to the music of the ’60s – remains passionate about music and continues to turn out in droves for concerts. “This album is about growing up without growing old, which is what my generation is trying to do right now,” Dolan says. “These are classic rock songs for the classic rock generation.”

Jim "JD" Dolan
Born and raised in New York, JD has been singing and playing guitar for most of his life. Though primarily known for his business career, he has never lost his passion for music. This is his first professional effort. It definitely will not be his last.

Bruce Koplow
Bruce grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and began playing the guitar at the age of nine. By the time he reached his teens he was already playing gigs and pursuing the life of a professional musician. His insatiable appetite for Blues and Rock 'N' Roll combined with an individualistic view of the world inevitably lead him to the art of songwriting. Consequently he has become this band's most prolific contributor. As a gifted guitarist, Bruce has performed and recorded with countless bands in New York, California and Europe. Although he has remained faithful to Blues-based music, he embraces all music...as long as it's good.

Jonny Rosch
It was always Jonny's dream to make a living as a professional musician. Armed with this purposeful and almost prurient passion, he embarked the journey of pursuing this lifelong ambition. Seemingly unaware that he was devoid of any talents or even the ability to feign competency on any musical instrument, he threw himself head first (literally) into the seductive world of the music business. Unburdened and unshackled by the natural constraints that normally accompany the harsh realities of the aforementioned truths, Jonny ventured forth, eventually carving out a relatively comfortable niche on the corner of 42nd Street and 8th Avenue in New York City, singing songs for a dime and playing his plastic lobster claw harmonica. On their way to a performance at B B Kings Blues Club, JD and the Straight Shot discovered Jonny plying his trade. Recognizing the innocence of his spirit and identifying with his commitment to seek out his muse, the band took him under their wing and eventually let him into the band...to fetch coffee and clean ashtrays and such. Currently, he resides at the bands recording/rehearsal facility oblivious to the fact that he is under house arrest. He has been known to reach level 2 on several Nintendo GameBoy games.

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