VOODOO EXPERIENCE 2008 (THE HIDDEN VOODOO)
Paul Sanchez and The Rolling Road Show
Voodoo Experience: The Tenth Ritual
New Orleans City Park
New Orleans, Louisiana
October 24-26, 2008
Billed as the 10th Ritual, The 2008 Voodoo Experience in New Orleans featured top-shelf headliners Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, and the festival closer, REM—each a chart-busting superstar act that ostensibly delivered what the crowd expected and came to hear.Lie," and "Echoplex" as well as the best of their old and new catalogue.
Although the performances by these bands realized the potential of which each is capable, setting inspiring examples for the shows by Dashboard Confessional, Panic! At The Disco, Joss Stone and Lupe Fiasco, it was the less heralded acts that made this year's Voodoo especially memorable. Away from the big stages...
Paul Sanchez exits at City Park Avenue instead of Mystery Street
Fronting his Rolling Roadshow at the WWOZ/SoCo Stage, Paul Sanchez let it be known he knew exactly where he was. He rolled out "Exit to Mystery Street," the title track of his most recent CD and a reference to an entrance at that other big festival staged in the Esplanade Ridge neighborhood.
"That's for a different fest on a different day," Sanchez said. "Today it's all about Voodoo."
Later, in a set marked by guest turns from trombonist Glen David Andrews and guitarist Alex McMurray, Sanchez noted that his song "Sedation" was written in honor of the anti-anxiety medicine and anti-depressants that have helped New Orleanians get along since Katrina. "We're rebuilding New Orleans one pill at...
Paul Sanchez's "Jet Black and Jealous" finds new life in Nashville
Paul Sanchez's 'Jet Black' surprise
Fifteen years after local singer-songwriter Paul Sanchez released his solo debut "Jet Black and Jealous, " the title track has found new life in Nashville. Unbeknownst to Sanchez, successful country songwriter and publisher Travis Hill, who writes under the pen name Scooter Carusoe, had rewritten "Jet Black and Jealous" with a country flavor.
The Eli Young Band, a popular contemporary country quartet from Texas, heard Hill's demo and recorded the song as the title track of its major-label debut for Universal Records South; Sanchez is listed as co-writer with Carusoe.
"The version is lovely, very different, but still has bits of my melody, imagery and of course the tag line, " Sanchez said. "I had heard since I was a kid how tough the Nashville...
Voices to Hear: Interview: Paul Sanchez
1. For many artists, they cite a defining moment for themselves when they knew they wanted to be a singer. For many it was the appearance of Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show, to another generation it was the Beatles’ appearance on Sullivan half a decade later. Is there such a defining moment for you?
I was asked this question a few years ago in a spontaneous moment and before I had...
The 60-Second Jazzfest interviews: Paul Sanchez
Paul Sanchez is one of the great New Orleans singer/songwriters, a fact that was somewhat obscured by his long tenure as a sideman in the legendary revival rock band Cowboy Mouth.
Sanchez lost his house in Katrina, left the band, developed a seizure disorder that prevents him from traveling and is starting all over -- he and his wife, Shelly, are renters now and, instead of playing to packed audiences at college bars across the country, he's a small-room guy now, plying his impressive portfolio of songs written over the years, many of them archiving the New Orleans that used to be, and the one we've got now.
Paul Sanchez and his Rolling Road Show will be appearing today at 5:50 p.m. on the Lagniappe Stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell.
Allison Miner Music Heritage/Lagniappe Stage, 5:55 PM
French Quarter Festival
French Quarter Fest has become a kind of monster, far outstripping its modest beginnings, and several prominent local musicians expressed outrage at the festival's insistence that performers generate their own sponsors in order to get paid. But once this year's event started it was hard to dwell on any negatives. Hundreds of thousands of music fans basked on the banks of the Mississippi in glorious weather and crowded around the more intimate stages on Bourbon and Royal streets to hear hundreds of local musicians play their hearts out in the 25th annual renewal of this festival. This massive free concert performed by Louisiana musicians was a joyous event that lived up to the festival's reputation as Jazzfest without the outside players. There were plenty of visitors, though,...
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On The Scene
Popping Paul Sanchez, a New Orleans Legacy
A cool cat, Paul Sanchez is pure breed N'Awlins, decked out in a Fedora style Stetson and voodoo beads slung low, his rootsy originals preach fun-loving good times.
With a thirty year musical career, Paul, alias "Sanchmo", shares heartfelt advice on life's ups and downs in his myspace blogs signing off with "red beans and ricely yours". his rich songwriting and equally poignant personal stories are like diving into a steamy plate of beignets.
At the age of 14, guitar in hand, Paul took lessons from his older brother Andrew, "racing past the chords straight to the song".
Dan, his sister's husband, taught him rock n' roll with the Elvis moan and the Buddy Holly hiccup.
Paul began his musical career in New Orleans with The Backbeats, followed by a move under the guiding powers of...
The Creole Rat Pack
John Boutté Knows What It Means
At a crawfish boil during last years New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, I asked songwriter Paul Sanchez which New Orleans musician he thought was most deserving of attention outside the Crescent City. "John Boutté," he said without a moment's hesitation. "He's the best singer in town." I didn't get a chance to hear Boutté until this year's Jazz Fest, where, backed by a jazz group, he sang tunes like Stevie Wonder's "You Haven't Done Nothin'" to a big crowd. I was highly impressed, and looked forward to hearing him in a smaller room.
I was overwhelmed Friday night in Central Park's outdoor Delacorte Theater in front of an audience thinned by an earlier shower, accompanied only by a guitarist and occasionally banging a tambourine, John Boutté sang a devastating set of tunes...
Two years after Katrina, New Orleans music scene is a faint echo of its past - Washington Post
A melancholy song from the broken cradle of jazz
NEW ORLEANS — In a crowded bar in the French Quarter, locals are passing a tip bucket while singer John Boutte whoops and hollers, crooning tales of regret and rage over the havoc wreaked by that witch Katrina. Adding his own spin to an old Randy Newman song, "Louisiana 1927":
President Bush said, "Great job, good job!
"What the levees have done to this poor Creole's land . ..."
Backstage, the Virgin Mary gazes...