And that's exactly what will make the group's new live album Live From the Highway, so appealing to fans of the more esoteric artists on the "Jam" band scene. The disc -- featuring six new songs and reworkings of key tracks off their two previous albums -- serendipitously rolls through a whirlwind of styles, but there's a cohesive, nuanced thread that strings the tracks together, making it less a hodge-podge and more a long, entrancing and seamless groove. The band's reliance on acoustic instruments enhances the jams, giving the band an earthiness that is richly organic and pure. Any band that puts a live record out of two independent albums into their career is bound to be pretty skilled in the live setting, so be on hand for CIF's Cincy stop if you want to experience the group in its natural habitat.
At Stanley's Pub on Wednesday.