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“AZTEC — He's been a switchman, brakeman and yard master for the railroad in El Paso, a rodeo clown and roper throughout the Southwest, a radio programmer in Louisiana and recently settled in Albuquerque with a feisty macaw parrot named Charlie. On Friday, JD Strait, country singer-songwriter with a baritone voice in the neighborhood of Johnny Cash's, will bring his narrative-driven traditional country songs for a live set at Crash Music. The concert will kick off this year's Boots and Brews Festival, which continues on Saturday with performances at Riverside Park. “There's a famous saying in music by songwriter Harlan Howard, ‘All you need to write a country song is three chords and the truth,'” Strait said. “Every one of my songs follows that credo — just do the music justice and tell the truth.” In 2010, after years working off stage, Strait decided to make entertaining people with his resonant voice a full-time gig. “I've been blessed getting a second chance to ”
“This is a nearly perfect set. The mix of country and blues with more modern sounds, and even jazz is varied and also effective. Some of the songs just seem to miss the mark a little in terms of effectiveness. That’s the only thing keeping this from being a complete success.The musical approach and the vocals on “Black and Blue” really call to mind vintage Johnny Cash. In fact, while there are some differences in the vocals, if one didn’t listen closely, it might pass as something from the Man in Black. That said, there’s a spoken section that almost feels more like Mojo Nixon. Still, it’s incredibly strong. This album will likely leave the listener thinking, “what a great disc.” The thing is, there will probably be a couple points in the set where the listener might consider reaching for the “skip” button the CD player. It’s likely this won’t leave many listeners bored or unaffected by its charms. Artist: J.D. Strait Title: Stories Review by G. W. H”
“J.D. Strait is one of those of singer-songwriters that come along every few years; the kind of writer that creates songs that either contains a message or a story. And with the country music that Strait creates, the music and the story seem to exist together as if made for each other. It is this storytelling in song that is the focus on J.D. Strait’s 2012 release that is simply entitled Stories. Whether the focus is on being in love, trains or two men in a kitchen, the tracks on Stories all share one thing in common- a story. While the story is the main focus of the release, it is the country music created by Strait and his friends that binds everything together. And though much of today’s Country Music artists focus on creating music that sounds a lot like southern rock, each track on J.D. Strait’s new release brings back the music of days gone by....Artist: J.D. Strait Album: Stories Review by Matheson Kamin Rating: 5 stars (out of 5) ”
“JD Strait GOES BACK TO HOLLYWOOD, NOVEMBER 17 FOR THE 2ND YEAR WE HAVE 3 NOMINATIONS FOR THE HOLLYOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARDS (2)COUNTRY - COME TO MY LIFE I LOVE YOU GIRL CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN COME TO MY LIFE ”