New Orleans jazz evolved partly from a history of brass marching bands, and one of the main components of this style of jazz is its emphasis on collaboration. There are fewer clear solos, and a focus on harmony and togetherness pervades. In that regard, No Worse For Wear remains fairly traditional, despite the band's Northern roots. Every instrument has its moment in the spotlight.
A standout track for me was the smooth “Never Asked You” with its tinkling of piano and smoky lyrics sung by Stuart Dias. The album also plays with other influences, invoking a more sultry, Latin sound in “Rose Colored.” The frantic opening notes of “Hear and Know” also lent a touch of ska, and listeners will find bits of funk scattered throughout.
Purchase the Soggy Po' Boy's music here, or check out upcoming concert times here. Read our review of their live performance at the Prescott Park Folk Festival last year.
Drink of Choice: Music this lively calls for some Lemon Drop Moonshine.