The Kilborn Alley Blues Band’s third album, Better Off Now, stakes a claim for the band as among the genre’s elite music-makers. . . .
It’s been a decade now since the Kilborn Alley Blues Band, with several members then barely out of high school, started their slow-but-sure ascent to the top of the pile on the competitive Chicago blues scene. While earlier albums earned them acclaim and award nominations, Better Off Now shoots for all the marbles, scoring with an inspired collection of raucous performances so authentic in their Chicago blues roots that you can smell the smoke and feel the heat.
Keith A. Gordon