KJ’s sets are mostly upbeat, designed to get the dead dancing, pausing only to surprise the listener with a haunting ballad here and there. His French, African and Celtic roots, when filtered through his American upbringing, naturally combine into a unique, hybrid sound with one foot solidly planted in the blues. But, KJ is a stylistic wanderer. A prolific songwriter whom critics have compared to Springsteen and Elvis (Costello), KJ allows himself permission to follow a tune or a lyric into whatever new territory it may yearn to go. As a result, listeners may find themselves grooving to an urban funk, then tapping into a country twang, then maybe even singing along to a pop chorus – all blended together in the kind of potent home brew you might find bubbling up from a backwoods still somewhere within the New Orleans/Memphis/Austin triangle.