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SiriusXM's Coffee House Tour Hits Nashville with a Shot of JD

by Rich and Laura Lynch

Along with showcasing singer-songwriters and rare acoustic versions of songs on their music channel, the SiriusXM's Coffee House Tour is serving up live performances. Their current tour kicked off May 30, 2019 at the City Winery in Atlanta and will run through late July. The line-up for this leg features Matt Costa, JD & The Straight Shot and Matt Hartke. We checked out the Coffee House Tour when it hit the City Winery in Nashville, Tennessee on June 12th where all three artists presented flavorful sets to an attentive audience.

SiriusXM's Coffee House Tour Hits Nashville with a Shot of JD
JD & The Straight Shot on the SiriusXM Coffee House Tour.

Singer, songwriter and musician Jim Dolan has a lot of experience assembling professional sports teams so it makes perfect sense that when he put together his band - JD & The Straight Shot - that he would draft his players from where the talent is always teeming - Nashville, Tennessee. Every one of his very capable band mates that were introduced during the show were based out of Music City.

JD & The Straight Shot's energized set showcased songs from their latest record The Great Divide. Highlights included the swagger of "Dead Men Tell No Tales" flowing into "Bees" a bold tale of longing and later a song of heartbreak in "Anything But Love". They also presented older material including the compelling "Better Find A Church". Along with originals JD served up a fresh modern take of "Happy Together" (The Turtles) and closed with "Jessica" (The Allmans Brother Band). The instrumental piece allowed all of the high caliber Straight Shot to shine. After their riveting set that often jolted like a shot of caffeine - it was obvious that this time - JD has put together a winning team.

SiriusXM's Coffee House Tour Hits Nashville with a Shot of JD
Erin Slaver, Byron House and Jim Dolan in Nashville.

Orange County's Matt Costa is on the road in support of his critically acclaimed album of California story songs Santa Rosa Fangs. Matt is well-respected for his ability to pen timeless, sweetly tragic tales spiked with an edge of folk rock. Costa with his band filled their closing slot with reflective tunes echoing of classic rock influences.

"In the past 15 years of my career, I feel I've continually been breaking through, speaking out, and reaching different people," Costa says. "If one of my songs connects now to someone who didn't connect before, then we have a dialogue together. That's the point of music, to have that dialogue and tell a story, and to entertain with a sound that has depth." Matt achieved this during his set at Nashville's City Winery.

Hailing from NYC, multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Matt Hartke may not be a household name but he has written for well-known artists such as Adam Lambert, Avicii, Cash, The Chainsmokers, Kygo, Max Martin, Matisyahu and Tiesto. Matt released his first single "Gold" in 2016. It steadily climbed up the Spotify charts currently sitting with over 16+ million plays and charting on the Viral Top50 in several countries. In 2017 "Gold" was the most spun song on SiriusXM's Coffee House.

SiriusXM's Coffee House Tour Hits Nashville with a Shot of JD
Matt Costa on the SiriusXM Coffee House Tour.

Hartke in the opening slot engaged listeners with his strong storytelling. Armed only with an acoustic Matt crafted effective leads and rhythms to punctuate his points. In addition to his engaging originals Hartke sweetened his set with a My Morning Jacket over - "Wonderful (The Way I Feel)".

SiriusXM's Coffee House Tour featured a varied and vibrant roaster of songwriters at the City Winery. The Nashville venue regularly hosts an array of events such as the Coffee House. In addition to live music, patrons can enjoy fine food and drinks pre-show. Coming soon to this urban winery is Paul Gilbert. Rickie Lee Jones, Kim Richey, Perry Farrell, Al Di Meola and James Hunter.

SiriusXM's Coffee House Tour Hits Nashville with a Shot of JD
Matt Hartke on the SiriusXM Coffee House Tour.

Related Links: For more information on the COFFEE HOUSE TOUR and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links -- Matt Costa | JD & The Straight Shot | Matt Hartke | City Winery


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