Adam Crochet, Real Good Love (23 Ducks Records)

Adam is the guitarist for Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, but on his own he practices something he likes to call “Louisiana smooth blues.” And that’s just what he’s got on his debut EP, which is mostly electric and mostly concerned with nothing more than that good old blues standard of love gone bad. (It’s pretty much impossible to tell what he’s going on about in the opening track… something about a Times-Picayune editorial.)

But the groove is doing most of the talking anyway—funky on the bottom, laid back, with a touch of soul in his vocals and guitar hooks strictly from the Delta tradition. Crochet even does a pretty good job with a Resonator on the high-stepping “You Don’t Know” and the closing instrumental “Oh My My.” He takes an interesting, jazzy left turn on “My Heart Is Yours” to boot. Urban, relaxed, and a little gritty, Crochet’s brand of blues is the kind you’d only expect to find in New Orleans, even though its virtues are geographically boundless… and timeless.