REVIEW: JD & the Straight Shot delight audiences at AMC in Lancaster

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New York based JD & the Straight Shot got the ball rolling for Joe Walsh on Sunday night with a rollicking performance at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster.

The band consists of billionaire Cablevision CEO Jim “JD” Dolan on lead vocals and guitar, songwriting partner Marc Copley (BB King and Roseanne Cash) on guitar and vocals, bassist Byron House (Robert Plant and Emmylou Harris), guitarist JJ Appleton (David Bowie, Darius Rucker), violinist Mary Jo Stillip (Adele, Jay-Z), vocalist/guitarist Erin McCarley (Don Henley), and percussionist Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live Band).

Opening for Joe Walsh (The Eagles, James Gang, Barnstorm), the band played a 50-minute set consisting of many songs from their fifth and all acoustic album, “Ballyhoo!”

Dolan explained to the audience that the title track was taken from carny slang of the American West. Merriam-Webster defines Ballyhoo as “talk or writing that is designed to get people excited or interested in something” and the band did just that throughout their performance. Dolan even played the part of carnival barker donning an old felt top-hat and velveteen jacket, pulling a stuffed rabbit from his hat and growling his lyrics at the audience in a playful way.

The audience was appreciative of the rhythms of “Ballyhoo,” “Better Find a Church,” and even a closing cover of Little Feat’s “Let it Roll” as Pelton segued from the washboard into the skins on “Wipe Out.”

The band demonstrated their gift for Americana and New-Orleans style roots music on songs such as “I Know, You Know, I Know” and the seemingly Bon Jovi-styled “Perdition,” which was used in the Natalie Portman film “Jane Got a Gun.”

Their music has been featured on AMC’s “Hell on Wheels,” as well as several other films including “Hurricane Season” and “St Vincent.”

The band have toured with The Eagles, Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, and The Allman Brothers.

Give them a listen and you’ll be glad that you did.

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Try springtime wines from PA vineyards

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Local wineries like Allegro Vineyards in Chanceford Township are packed with fresh options to sample along the quest for your next favorite wine.

Local wineries like Allegro Vineyards in Chanceford Township are packed with fresh options to sample along the quest for your next favorite wine. (FILE — FLIPSIDEPA)

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Flowers are blooming and it is time to think about the best wines to drink for spring and summer. I love my dry red wines, but when the weather changes I drink more white and rosé wines. The best varietals to drink now are Chardonnay, Grüner Veltliner, Albariño, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé — and let’s not forget sparkling ones, like Prosecco. For a dry red, try something lighter like a Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, or Chinon.

You might not know the difference between a Rosé and a Blush wine — all that pink stuff. Rosé wines have been around for centuries. Blush wines are a 20th century creation and marketing term used to describe sweet pink wines. A good example is a white zinfandel. Grapes generally have clear juice and the skins are what add the flavor and color to the wine. Rosé wines absorb very little tannins because they only have contact with the skins for hours compared to days or weeks for red wines.

Karamoor Estates — Ft. Washington

Karamoor is a new winery that was completed in 2011 with a 250 acre estate. Their 2013 Chardonnay is fantastic, which can be ordered online from its website at karamoorwines.com. Karamoor’s tasting room will not open until 2016, so in the meantime order three bottles or more and it will be shipped for free. Karamoor’s Chardonnay’s aromatic profile includes green apple, lemon grass and essence of pear blossom. I tasted pear with a fresh, crisp acidity. The finish is the surprise — this Chardonnay has become one of my favorites and it will not disappoint.

Karamoor’s award winning 2012 Cabernet Franc would be a great choice for a dry red this spring, with an aroma of black cherry, cinnamon and vanilla with hints of cocoa and sage. The wine is fruit forward with a balanced acidity and medium tannins, and it really reminded me of my trip to Bordeaux, France. Order some before it is gone.

Waltz Vineyards — Manheim

Waltz was established in 1997 and is producing 100 tons of grapes every year. Their 2013 Sauvignon Blanc has a crisp grassiness with hints of grapefruit and other citrus. Bake some of your favorite white fish and serve this — it’ll be a hit.

Allegro Vineyards — Chanceford Township

The weather made 2013 a great year for York County wines because of the lack of rain and cool summer. Whites retained their great aromatics and red fruit had great flavors. Prelude dry Rosé that is made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. This is made in the saignee style where they bleed off extra juice from the red grapes. It has light berry aromas with hints of strawberry and red cherries. Allegro just released their 2014 Steel Chardonnay. It is a great wine to be enjoyed and has some hints of a Sauvignon Blanc.

Naylor Wine Cellars — Stewartstown

I stopped in the tasting room at Queensgate to pick up a bottle for a few friends to try. While they are mostly known for their sweet wines, I tasted a small amount in a solo plastic cup at their tasting bar. A suggestion would be to obtain glasses for your tasting, as the plastic cup does affect the taste. Naylor’s Sauvignon Blanc would pair greatly with a kale salad with fresh blueberries and strawberries. Keep trying new wines and create new experiences. Find that next favorite.


Allegro Winery

3475 Sechrist Road

Chanceford Township



Karamoor Estate

PO Box 736

Ft. Washington



Naylor Wine Cellars

4069 Vineyard Road




Waltz Vineyard

1599 Old Line Road





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