French Quarter Fest 2015 dished up a perfect Friday afternoon (April 10) for the four New Orleans songwriters -- Spencer Bohren, Jim McCormick, Alex McMurray and Paul Sanchez -- who team up as The Write Brothers band.

The Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage, set on the New Orleans riverfront, proved an intimate, acoustically satisfying setting for a show where the lyrics were as important as the foursome's energetic guitar arrangements. But this setting was so much better than that: a sweeping view of Algiers Point and the Mississippi River, which put most stadium light shows to shame. It also matched the twangy, New Orleans-style Americana dished up by the band.

The songs ranged from the heartfelt, country music storytelling of McCormick (who has penned big hits for Nashville artists) to the swampy spooky blues of Spencer Bohren's "Ghost Train."

All four artists contributed songs for this casually democratic show, which included a lot of material from their shared recording project, a new CD called "First Flight."

Another highlight was the strong lead guitar playing of McMurray and Sanchez, contrasting stylists who pushed each other to expressive heights when trading solos.