Better Than Ezra

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Better Than Ezra is an American alternative rock trio based in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Current members

In addition to vocalist, chief songwriter and guitarist Kevin Griffin from Monroe, Louisiana, the other current members of Better Than Ezra as of February 2009 are bassist and backing vocalist Tom Drummond and drummer Michael Jerome, who joined the band in 2009.[1] In addition, James Arthur Payne accompanies the band on tour, singing background vocals and playing supplemental guitar and keyboard accompaniment.


Formation and early success

Better Than Ezra was formed in 1988[2] by its four original members - vocalist and guitarist Kevin Griffin; Joel Rundell, the lead guitarist; bassist Tom Drummond; and drummer, Cary Bonnecaze.[2] All four members were attending Louisiana State University at the time of Better Than Ezra's formation.[2] Their first practice also took place in 1988, shortly after the band's formation.[3] Better Than Ezra's first public performance was at Murphy's in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, also in 1988.[4] Though many theories abound, the band refuses to disclose the origin of its name.[4] Fans of the group often refer to themselves as Ezralites.[5]

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