By Meredith Hamblen
“Hometown crowds are always the best. There’s just nothing like that interaction. The shows are always our longest, and it’s important to us that we maintain those ties. People in Louisiana are just a little different than everyone else, and that always makes for some of the best shows.”
Better Than Ezra is heading back to Baton Rouge for a show at L’Auberge Casino-Hotel on October 24th.
Founded on LSU’s campus in 1988, Better Than Ezra has returned home to Louisiana countless times to rock out and interact with an excited and engaged audience.
The band, composed of members Kevin Griffin, Michael Jerome and Tom Drummond, never fails to entertain, especially when in Baton Rouge. Throughout their career, Better Than Ezra has been labeled for their high energy, non-stop shows.
In an exclusive interview with DIG, bass player and founding member, Tom Drummond, elaborated on the band’s thundering atmosphere and natural crowd appeal.
“That’s really our band’s philosophy. We are definitely entertainers,” he said. “When the crowd’s having a good time, we’re having a good time, and that works both ways. It’s definitely a two-way street.”
The Shreveport native elaborated on the topic by describing the band’s energy in terms of a Louisiana show.
“Hometown crowds are always the best. There’s just nothing like that interaction. The shows are always our longest, and it’s important to us that we maintain those ties,” Drummond explained. “People in Louisiana are just a little different than everyone else, and that always makes for some of the best shows.”
Better Than Ezra creates a united sound filled with festive and feel-good music. Recently, the band has been doing a lot of acoustic performances.
“We believe that if you can play your songs acoustically, then they’re good songs,” said Drummond. “We enjoy the acoustic versions because they give the listeners a cool twist on the song. There’s no bullshit; it’s either together or it’s not.”
The band is also known for many other musical trademarks. Over the past two decades, Better Than Ezra has continuously adapted their sound while also remaining true to their roots. The band knows how to be innovative when the music industry is hit hard with changing fashions and shifting tastes.
“A lot of it is part of the natural order of things, but we have a certain drive as a band,” said Drummond. “We have always wanted to be bigger and better, and we know that a lot of times that just takes listening to someone with another perspective.”
It is this drive that has gotten the band where they are today.”
Over the last 20 years, the band has produced a wide variety of albums that still resonate with their original sound. The band’s wide appeal to all ages might be what makes them most interesting.
“We do appeal to a lot of different ages, and I think that can be credited to the basics. We have good classic songwriting, we’re not too gimmicky and we stick by our guns,” said Drummond.
Baton Rouge can expect an impressive show from Better Than Ezra. While they will be playing a lot of their old hits, the band’s current tour is to promote their newest album, All Together Now.
The album, featuring the hit single, “Crazy Lucky,” came from a different production approach.
“We really credit this new sound to Tony Hoffer, who produced the album. He’s kept us inspired,” said Drummond.
Drummond believes the album is their “best one yet.” The band’s natural creativity mixed with a new perspective from Hoffer gives the album a sharp melodic sense.
As hardworking as ever, Better Than Ezra continues to grow and motivate one another to become bigger and better. Their instinctive musical talent makes for incomparable entertainment.
Better Than Ezra
Friday, October 24