I’m not an expert in such areas but I suspect that the sound that Jon Roniger and The Good For Nothin’ Band make is the sound of contemporary New Orleans. Or at least one important sonic heartbeat that pulses through that great city.

They neatly weave together strands of bluesy bluster, funky grooves, breezy jazz horns and some scintillating soul moves. The music is slickly arranged and deftly delivered, a showcase for not only some fantastic individual musicians but also a band that is at the top of its game.

It would be enough to hit such benchmarks with the aid of studio editing, patching, overdubs and additional tracking. But the fact that this is a live album makes it all the more remarkable.

Remember when bands were as great to live as they were on record? When they were perhaps even greater on stage than in the studio. Jon Roniger and The Good For Nothin’ Band do!

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