Inquiring Minds

Better Than Ezra Succeeding On Their Own Terms

It's been a hot minute since we've heard from '90s hitmakers Better Than Ezra, but they've reconvened over the last year, releasing their seventh album Paper Empire and embarking on a "Road to Mardi Gras" tour which winds down New Years Eve in the band's hometown of New Orleans.

While BTE has enjoyed a few years of down time after a successful run that included 1995's Deluxe ("Good") and 1996's Friction, Baby ("Desperately Wanting"), front man Kevin Griffin hasn't exactly been kicking his feet up in leisure. The band released two quasi-under-the-radar albums, Closer and Before the Robots, in 2001 and 2005 respectively.

After Katrina, the songwriter relocated to Los Angeles, penning songs for artists including Sugarland and Howie Day and has since moved yet again to the music mecca of Nashville. Rocks Off fired off a few email questions to Griffin to discuss Ezra's resurgence and future plans, in anticipation of their Wednesday night House of Blues show.

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