Legendary rocker Joe Walsh shook the full house at Louisville’s Palace Theatre with support from Americana band, JD & The Straight Shot.
14-Aug-2016: The Joe Walsh solo “Walsh Toor” stopped at Louisville’s Palace Theater for an appreciative group of fans performing a 70s- dominated set featuring songs from his early solo career as well as the James Gang, Barnstorm, and the Eagles.
Joe Walsh walked out onto the Louisville Palace stage along with seven bandmates and four backup singers to a huge ovation as everyone is immediately on their feet. They started their set with a James Gang Song “Walk Away” followed by “Analog Man” and we were off to a great evening of music.
Walsh took a quick moment to address the crowd with a quick story. “During sound check, we try different things; jamming before one show we stumbled onto this song,” he said. “If I was president, I would make this song my song.” They followed with a rocking cover of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People” featuring the powerful vocals of Rickey Washington making for a memorable part of the evening.
With the energy level high, Joe Walsh launched into a medley of “Mother Says” (Barnstorm) and “The Bomber: Closet Queen/Bolero/Cast Your Fate To The Wind” (James Gang). He paused for a moment to dedicate the next song to his brother and fellow bandmate Glen Fry as the familiar chords of the Eagle’s song “Take It to the Limit” fills the hall. On the giant screens behind, the band rolls numerous timeless images of Joe and Glen Fry making for a memorable show moment.
“Turn To Stone” Started off the second half of the set tonight followed by an extended performance of “In The City” complete with a wild guitar jam that was very well received. Joe closed his main set with another James Gang song, “Funk #49,” where several additional people joined him on stage. They shot t-shirts into the crowd while Joe was singing thru a bullhorn, having a great time before rolling into familiar anthems “Life’s Been Good” and “Life In The Fast Lane.”
To chants of “Joe, Joe, Joe,” the group returns for their encore, a classic version of “Rocky Mountain Way,” complete with his signature talkbox work, bringing to a close a fantastic and enjoyable evening of rock n’ roll.
Joe Walsh’s touring band includes his Barnstorm bandmate, Joe Vitale on drums, Chad Cromwell and Waddy Wachtel on guitars, Larry Young on bass, Jimmy Wallace on keyboards, and DJ Clayton Janes. Singers Leslie Fuller, Lois Mahalia, Windy Wagner and Rickey Washington provide background vocals.
New York-based JD & the Straight Shot provided support for the evening, performing a 30-minute set consisting of many songs from their most recent album, Ballyhoo! Their set also included a cover of one of their favorite songs, Spirit’s “Nature’s Way.” JD’s music was an engaging mix of Americana folk featuring incredible harmonies and rhythms along with JD’s storytelling; which was well received by those in attendance.
JD & The Straight shot is Jim “JD” Dolan on lead vocals and guitar, Marc Copley (BB King and Roseanne Cash) on guitar and vocals, Byron House (Robert Plant and Emmylou Harris) on bass, JJ Appleton (David Bowie, Darius Rucker) on guitar, violinist Mary Jo Stilp (Adele, Jay-Z), Erin McCarley (Don Henley) on vocals and guitar, and Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live Band) on percussion.