By: Derek Jung
After his scorching hot set at Forecastle last year, I couldn't miss the opportunity to see JD and his band headline their own show in a theater setting. The band has well over a year under their belt touring under the material from their fantastic record Undivided Heart & Soul, one of my favorite albums of 2017. At this point, the band is more than comfortable with their new material live, but that doesn't mean it's gotten stale. Instead, the band looks as fresh as ever, using the experiences from the past year to launch into ferocious grooves throughout the night. Unfortunately for them, the lackluster crowd in attendance failed to reciprocate, which quickly zapped the energy from the room to make this nothing more than another notch on the touring calendar. I could go on about the crowd, but I'd rather focus on the band.
First and foremost, bassist Jimmy Sutton is a monster and I found myself watching him most of the night slapping up and down his upright bass. I couldn't help but wonder what it'd be like if he and Jim Prescott from G. Love & Special Sauce were to perform together. That'd be a sight to see. Having Los Straitjackets member Jason Smay on drums was also a pleasant surprise. I wish the band members would more outwardly interact with each other on stage. Instead it looked like each member kept to themselves for the most part. Maybe that's what a year plus of touring and a boring crowd will do to you. Either way, the band is touring through at least the end of July, so there's plenty more opportunities to catch their show. I hope you see them with a better crowd than I did.
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