For years, Shorty was been sought after for his energetic on-stage personality. In his native New Orleans, his talents have long been championed. Yet, translating his charisma to the studio coupled with the fact that the primary ‘voice’ is the horn which he plays didn’t necessary seem like it would add up to a breakthrough type experience. We learn pretty quickly while listening to Backatown not to bet against Shorty. Talent can’t be denied, and from the start of the album songs like the rousing instrumental "Hurricane Season" are undeniable.