CD Right on Time * [JD & the Straight Shot] (CD 1360558),
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Right on Time * [JD & the Straight Shot]


  • 1. This Kind of Life
    2. Long White Cadillac
    3. Leap of Faith
    4. Double My Order
    5. Slow Motion In Reverse
    6. What Do We Do Now
    7. Lie No Better
    8. Train's a Comin'
    9. Gonna Kill That Dog
    10. I Just Gotta Be Me
    11. Tightrope
    12. Beyond the Horizon
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 00214

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Porter
    Engineer

    JD & the Straight Shot have a reputation for being a blues-rock/roots rock/Americana type of band, but on Right on Time, an additional element asserts itself in a noticeable way: country-rock. Stylistically, Jim Dolan's outfit hasn't given anything up on this 2008 release; blues-rock, roots rock, and Americana are still part of the picture, but there is no overlooking the honky tonk influence that asserts itself on some of the tracks -- especially "Long White Cadillac" and "What Do We Do Now." Dolan and his colleagues have definitely become more diverse and unpredictable; that said, they have no problem maintaining their earthy, down-home bar band outlook throughout the 43-minute CD. And that bar band aesthetic yields enjoyable results whether they are moving in a blues-rock direction on "Lie No Better," the dark-humored "Gonna Kill That Dog" (which is bound to freak out some PETA members), and "Train's a Coming"; making some Memphis soul moves on "Leap of Faith"; or taking a somewhat Willie Nelson-ish approach on the melancholy opener, "This Kind of Life" (which has a bit of a Tex-Mex edge). Right on Time doesn't adhere to one specific style, but the thing that all of these songs have in common is their rootsiness; from blues-rock to Americana to country-rock, this is a roots album, pure and simple. And while this disc doesn't pretend to be innovative in any way, it is a worthwhile demonstration of Dolan's ability to broaden his focus without sacrificing any of his bar band appeal. ~ Alex Henderson

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