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The Deslondes

Sept. 13
7 p.m.
$12-$14
Acoustic, Americana

Although hardly a bastion of country, New Orleans’ embrace of and influence on myriad stripes of roots music make it a perfectly suitable home for the twangy Deslondes, named for a once Katrina-ravaged street. The quintet, including a pair of ex-Hurray for the Riff Raffs, sports pedal steel, fiddle, vocal harmonies, weepy country laments, and dusty echoes of Woody Guthrie and honky-tonk. The eclecticism the band shows off on its eponymous 2015 debut album includes bits of NOLA and its neighborhood: vintage Crescent City R&B, echoes of Huey Smith and Fats Domino piano, trad clarinet, and Cajun fiddle. Jerry Lee Lewis, from just up the river, is the obvious inspiration for the wonderfully ragged lead track, “Fought the Blues and Won.” Country-gospel propels “Those Were (Could’ve Been) the Days.” “Less Honkin’ More Tonkin” is rockabilly with a swirling fiddle. The walking bass on “Louise” recalls Johnny Cash. The Deslondes’ delight is unifying such disparate threads into a compelling vision for a band on the rise. Esther Rose and local Jack Klatt open.