The Wallflowers & Better Than Ezra

Tuesday, July 11th 2017


The Wallflowers

What do you do when you’ve written songs that have been etched into the fabric of timeless rock songs?  What’s next when you’ve already had several careers’ worth of achievements?

You could flip the whole thing on its head and make a record that sounds like you started the band last week with your best friends, simply for the love of making music…which is exactly what Jakob Dylan and his band The Wallflowers have done. “Glad All Over” sounds like a group of 21 year-olds ready to set the world on fire, but with the wisdom of a veteran band that knows how to let just the right amount burn.

“Glad All Over” was produced by Jay Joyce (Emmylou Harris, Cage the Elephant) and mixed by Rich Costey (Bruce Springsteen, The Shins), at Dan Auerbach’s (The Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville.  There’s a true sense of poetry all over this record.  Mix that with the energy of songs like “Have Mercy On Him Now” – fueled by the incredible new heartbeat of the band, Jack Irons – what more could you ask for?    

I don’t know what makes hits any more, and if you’re honest with yourself, neither do you.  So who cares, just enjoy what’s here and remember to miss it when it’s gone.   We’ve had amazing times with The Wallflowers, but this is a new day and a new band…don’t except the same old tricks.  They’ve got some new fire in the engines, and good for you boys – we’ve always loved you, and now with “Glad All Over” we love you even more!

–Brian Fallon, The Gaslight Anthem


Better Than Ezra

To say the past 20+ years have been ‘Good’ for New Orleans-based rock band Better Than Ezra would be an understatement. The band had been selling out venues across the country since forming at Louisiana State University in 1988 where the band started touring on the Southern college circuit. 

After self-releasing their first album Deluxe in 1993, major record labels expressed an interest in the band. But it wasn’t until after two years of touring and creating an intense loyal fan base that dubbed themselves the “Ezralites,” that Better Than Ezra signed with Elektra Records. Elektra rereleased Deluxe and its single ‘Good’ which reached the #1 position on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart driving the album sales to platinum status.

The band quickly became a staple in the ‘90s pop/rock scene immediately releasing two new albums within three years of being signed. Friction, Baby, released in 1996, and How Does Your Garden Grow? in 1998 produced hits ‘Desperately Wanting,’ ‘King of New Orleans, ’ and ‘At the Stars.’