Paul Sanchez



Nov 16, 2008
All About Jazz by Mike Perciaccante

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...

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New Orleans Times Picayune

Paul Sanchez exits at City Park Avenue instead of Mystery Street

Oct 24, 2008
New Orleans Times Picayune by Keith Spera
Paul Sanchez performs at Voodoofest Friday, October 24, 2008.

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...

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New Orleans Times Picayune

Paul Sanchez's "Jet Black and Jealous" finds new life in Nashville

Oct 3, 2008
New Orleans Times Picayune by Keith Spera

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...

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Voices to Hear: Interview: Paul Sanchez

Jul 1, 2008
Voice To Hear by John Holland
Paul Sanchez was a founding member of Cowboy Mouth. He's recently left the group and is now on his own. His concerts are billed as the Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show where he performs with different special guests. At the French Quarter Fest this year I happened to catch his show there with John Boutte, Shamar Allen and Susan Cowsill. To call it one of my favorite concert moments is an understatement.

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...
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New Orleans Times Picayune

The 60-Second Jazzfest interviews: Paul Sanchez

Apr 23, 2008
New Orleans Times Picayune by Chris Rose

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.

What is...

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Allison Miner Music Heritage/Lagniappe Stage, 5:55 PM

Apr 18, 2008
Where Y'at Magazine by Becky Brych

When talking to Paul Sanchez, he will mention a lot about the “cool cats” he has had the privilege of working with lately, but Sanchez is definitely a “cool cat” himself. Sanchez has been a New Orleans fixture for over sixteen years and seven solo CDs. Most recently, he has become a staple of the Frenchman Street scene playing regularly at d.b.a. Now he is preparing for his first solo performance at the Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Sanchez’s career has spanned the last several decades, beginning with the Backbeat’s in the eighties. After spending time in New York and becoming involved in the “anti-folk” scene, Sanchez returned to New Orleans. He then spent the majority of the next sixteen years on the road, touring the U.S. and ten different countries with the rock band Cowboy Mouth.

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French Quarter Festival

Apr 15, 2008 by John Swenson

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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Huffington Post

Look Out Walmart! Here Come The Threadheads

Apr 6, 2008
Huffington Post by Sal Nunziato

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival may have come and gone, but to an ever-growing number of diehards known as the Threadheads, the last day of Fest, (which is always the first Sunday of May) is really just the first day of planning for the following year. The Threadheads can be found chatting and planning on the official Jazz Fest website. It is here where, in late 2002, this community began to spread the love for all things New Orleans. The topics of conversation found in this forum aren't always about the Festival exclusively. If you want to know how Aaron Neville is dealing with his asthma, or what New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is up to, or if a new restaurant has opened in the French Quarter, there's a good chance the Threadheads will have the scoop before anyone else.


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On The Scene

Popping Paul Sanchez, a New Orleans Legacy

Apr 6, 2008
Louisiana Road Trips by Deborah Burst

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...

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Offbeat Magazine

The Creole Rat Pack

Apr 1, 2008
Offbeat Magazine by Richard Giraldi

In 2006, Paul Sanchez walked away from the rock group Cowboy Mouth, a band he helped form 16 years ago. He had lost his house to Katrina's floodwaters, and once he was off the road, he started the process of dealing with the storm--something touring helped stave off. He later developed a seizure disorder that makes it difficult for him to tour.

Some would have called it a career, but Sanchez shows no signs of slowing down. He currently resides in the Marigny and performs regularly at Frenchmen Street clubs such as d.b.a. He will also soon release two projects, a brand new solo record, Exit to Mystery Street, and John Boutte’s new album, Good Neighbor which he co-produced.

Sanchez jokes that Boutte and himself are the “Creole Rat Pack,” or the “black and white New Orleans.” They met at...

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John Boutté Knows What It Means

Oct 1, 2007
by Richard Gehr

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The Washington Post

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

Aug 27, 2007
The Washington Post by Teresa Wiltz

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":


Michael Williamson

'People tell me I should get ... out,' says New Orleans musician John Boutte. 'Hell, no. Why should I leave? This is my home. My ancestors' bones are here.'

Michael Williamson 

Singer-songwriter Paul Sanchez, below, says, 'We all lost more than we can ever articulate.'

President Bush said, "Great job, good job!

"What the levees have done to this poor Creole's land . ..."


Backstage, the Virgin Mary gazes...

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