102. BETTER THAN EZRA, 6/14/09

Location: Variety Playhouse, Atlanta
Supporting Act(s): Tyrone Wells, Marianne Keith
In the Company of: Chris, Joby S., Susan S.

Describing a tour as “reunion” or “comeback” is painfully overused these days. Many bands never leave, but are just not heard from for long stretches of time. For New Orleans’ Better Than Ezra, this is the case.

The quintet never really left the scene, but the average music listener may not be aware of that. BTE have consistently released records since their initial fan-fave album “Deluxe” in 1994. From that album was the irrepressible “Good” (“Well maybe I’ll call or write you a letter / Now maybe we’ll see on the Fourth of July / But I’m not too sure, and I’m not too proud / Well I’m not too sure and I’m not too proud to say uh-huh / It was good livin’ with you uh-huh…”).

Anyone having seen the band knows that it’s all about fun. Leader Kevin Griffin mixed it up with the audience as well as his band mates throughout the evening. BTE is touring in support of their new album “Paper Empire,” which offers “Absolutely Still” as it’s first single.

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