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Jon Roniger and The Good For Nothin' Band / Press

“New Orleans based five piece The Good for Nothin’ Band are, despite the relatively clear cut nature of their influences, a glorious hybrid. Rather than contenting themselves with comfortable reworkings of tropes and clichés drawn from the rich tradition of jazz and blues, Jon Rongier and his cohorts have fused often surprisingly poetic and image-filled lyrics with the melodic and highly stylized textures of Dixieland jazz and Delta blues. The singer/songwriter ideals helps these songs flower into much more than backwards looking tributes to American music. Instead, the humor and pathos running through these songs make them feel quite vital and evidence a collective artistic sensibility that wisely decided this form is the best musical vehicle for self-expression. This isn’t a gimmick act and these aren’t novelty songs. While it may sound effortless, The Good for Nothin’ Band practically crackle with chops on each cut.”

“The first full length studio release from New Orleans based The Good for Nothin’ Band, Maniac World, is a ten song collection introducing the five piece to the world at large with flair and chops for days. New Orleans native and chief songwriter Jon Roniger leads the band through a musical vision fueled from two distinct sources. Their singer/songwriter aesthetic and the Dixieland jazz sound propelling the group forward make each of the album’s song an intensely musical and even cinematic listening experience. The Good for Nothin’ Band’s songwriting possesses an ample sense of humor, but it’s dry, understated, and often blended with the bittersweet narratives in so many of the album’s compositions. Maniac World strikes notes of the familiar, but overall, it’s quite unlike anything you’ll hear this year. It's an impressive debut that sets the band up nicely for the future and establishes a very flexible musical template that shows no limits about where they can take it f”

“The Good for Nothin’ Band has songwriting ambitions and musical skills measuring off the charts. This is certainly a collection of musicians who believe in the edict that it’s the notes you don’t play that count more. Everything here is carefully cultivated, but it lives, moves and breathes like real art should.”

“More jazz than blues orientated, the music on Maniac World’s ten songs comes from a much broader and general area – Americana – and the depth of its quality is an accurate measure of The Good for Nothin’ Band's talents and potential going forward from here. This is a band with a bright future. Jon Roniger’s vocals do an exemplary job of milking the imagery for every ounce of its inherent drama and sound positively gleeful at certain points. He has a way of singing that, at key moments, undercuts the bittersweet taste of his lyrics.”

“Combining a talent for traditional New Orleans-styled jazz, blues, singer/songwriter artistic values, and at least a drop of combustible rock and roll spirit with a sense of humor produces results. If you don’t believe this, check out the debut album from New Orleans headquartered five piece The Good for Nothin’ Band. Everything about this unit is steeped in the history and environs of the Crescent City with a roar of tradition, conviction, and an unquenchable thirst for new wine in old bottles. There’s something to satisfy every sensibility. This is an outfit with a boundless future.”

“The Good for Nothing Band, longtime mainstays of the New Orleans live music scene, come out of this album sounding like world-beaters. This is obviously a collective of musicians and songwriters who understand well what their audience wants to hear, but there are even deeper forces at work. Jon Roniger and his collaborators understand how to strike a balance between the music they need to write and what their audience clamors to hear. One of the band’s most important ingredients is a sense of humor, but they never play the material or the genre as a whole for laughs. Instead, the band’s songwriting humor relies on discovering the absurdity in life rather than pursuing gimmickry and novelty.”

“The Good For Nothin' Band is very definitely good for something: in this case, translating swinging jazz into a more rock-oriented format. These guys definitely approach classic New Orleans jazz with a nod and a wink, then adapt it to their own outsize salaciousness, the same way a band like Aerosmith uses the blues. It’s not ironic so much as repurposed, locally sourced tradition cut into sheets of drunken, winking seduction.”

“A dozen years ago I had to wander in New Orleans the great pleasure themselves by the legendary Bourbon Street from one pub to another, in between enjoying the spicy 'cajun food. This kind of jazz and brass band music there can therefore be heard in almost every case, played live by spirited musicians each playing as if their lives depended on it. We suspect that these five gentlemen have the same passion, when listening to the songs on "Maniac World".”

“There is a big roots music movement underway these days. More often than not it focuses on the country and bluegrass end of the equation. This album is all about Dixieland jazz. That's to be expected from a band hailing from New Orleans. This is a fun set that really brings things back into the past with a modern twist.”

“Jon Roniger’s milieu is gypsy jazz in both form and function, though his approach is wholly modern and blessedly free of any hipster patina. There’s an original voice at work here, sly and sophisticated without being too self-conscious. If you want a date-night cocktail of real NOLA flavors, fizzy and giddy enough to seduce whomever you’re giving the side eye to, spin them around to this. It deftly sidesteps the hard sell.”

“Every now and then some music crosses my threshold that makes me appreciate the depth of the New Orleans scene. Roniger's instrumentation is jazzy with great horn work; the vocals are passionate. It’s witty and catchy and hits all the right marks for a New Orleans songwriter without being clichéd.”

“New Orleans Best Kept Secret!”

TV Fil Magazine (UK)

“Jon Roniger is the exception! Sure, he plays a great guitar and writes good songs, but the difference is his voice – it actually draws the listener in.”