They don't deem themselves either an Americana ensemble or roots band, but Mingo Fishtrap's music neatly incorporates aspects of multiple sounds that are part of America's cultural fabric. Blues, soul and jazz are the prime ingredients evident in their songs. Roger Blevins Jr,'s gritty vocals and distinctive guitar are at the forefront, and his father's dynamic bass accompaniment looms equally important in the background. Their tightness and disciplined sound reflect a closeness that was developed back in the mid-'90s, when five of their eight members were students in the University of North Texas' jazz program. There, they mastered the technical aspects essential to becoming a cohesive band. Many years on the road in tours with bands as varied as Blues Traveler, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Little Feat, Galactic and lately Delbert McClinton helped them acquire the performance chops that make them a charismatic ensemble. Though you can clearly hear their sources and influences, Mingo Fishtrap has plenty of fresh twists and takes that make their tunes, both on disc and live, much more rewarding than retro or throwback numbers. Clay Evans opens for them at what should be an exciting Printers Alley show.