Musically assured Deslondes draw from old-time country

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Sam Doores and Riley Downing perform with The Deslondes during the 45th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, La., on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Show caption
Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Sam Doores and Riley Downing perform with The Deslondes during the 45th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, La., on Sunday, May 4, 2014.

Members of The Deslondes performed with Hurray for the Riff Raff before leaving to pursue their own music. They draw from old-time country, while Hurray harkens back to folk traditions, and Sunday on the Lagniappe Stage they had the classic honky-tonk sound down.

As timeless as their songs of heartbreak and working class life can sound, other songs had Beatlesque melodies and harmonies. The songs aren’t self-consciously old, and singer Sam Doores’ “Depression Blues” borrowed as much from R&B as anything else, with a bridge that had a “Shout”-like rave-up.

Though the band is musically assured, the Deslondes may be democratic to a fault. As they rotated through singers, it was easier to connect to their songs than them. Considering the quality of their songs and sound, the Deslondes should have time to work on that.