" If Jason Vivone ever got inked with one of those classic heart tattoos, it is a safe bet that rather than “Mom,” “KCMO” would be scrawled across it. The bluesman has an abiding affection for his adopted hometown, and it comes through loud and clear on the latest album from his band The Billy Bats. “The Avenue” is a listening experience that reveals subtle bits of insight each time. That dynamic reflects the persona of the bandleader: Vivone is an entertainer first and foremost, never taking himself — or the seemingly inviolable traditions of the blues — too seriously. Rather, he does what he pleases and what he does — enabled by a cracker-jack band — also pleases the listener more often than not."