Cowboy Mouth, “Mouthing Off”/Paul Sanchez “Wasted Lives and Bluegrass” (1994)
Not that its New Orleans-based members weren’t capable of spare and emotionally direct work.Leave it to Paul Sanchez, then the band’s rhythm guitarist, to expose a tenderness that dwelled just beneath the surface of leader Fred LeBlanc, who had for so long cultivated a sweaty college-hangout, drum-lord persona.
He left the success of Cowboy Mouth behind,but Paul Sanchez isn't exactly ready to ride off into the sunset just yet
As the Canal Street ferry churned across the Mississippi on a recent afternoon, Paul Sanchez and jazz singer John Boutte stood at the rail, watching St. Louis Cathedral recede.
Boutte, a committed French Quarter-ite, relished the Algiers-bound perspective. "Sometimes it's good," he said, "to see things from the other side."
Sanchez smiled. "That's what I'm doing. But I'm taking it to the extreme."
In November, Sanchez left Cowboy Mouth, his primary musical outlet for 16 years. He and his wife, Shelly, still have no permanent home, after Hurricane Katrina's breached levees poured 9 feet of water into their Gentilly house. It has since been razed.
And so, at 47, Sanchez finds himself looking at life from the other side.
"We were so indecisive after Katrina," he said. "It got worse and worse....
Best Of The Batch: Paul Sanchez
Having spent 17 seasons as the part of the suave, six-string support squad for N’awlins’ party band, Cowboy Mouth,Paul Sanchez once again steps out of the shadows to offer his own take on music….Sort of. Though he has penned every one of these diverse tracks, Sanchez has again deferred performance rites to his musical friends (hence the title).
But what friends they are! From The Cowsill’s Susan Cowsill to Better Than Ezra’s Kevin Griffin to Hootie-man Darius Rucker, Sanchez knows how to pick ‘em- both in terms of songs and singers.
Drawing on both his familial and personal homelands, Sanchez presents the mournful cowboy song “Mexico,” the Latin-tinged anti-war warning “Wake Up” (delivered affectingly by Crescent City gem John Boutte) and the Cajun-esque rouser “Wake-y-up-o,” which,...
Review: Between Friends
The concept of Paul Sanchez' new album is that others - his friends - sing his songs. His friends include include members of Hootie and the Blowfish, Mark Mullins, Theresa Andersson, John Boutte and more, and they all turn in strong performances that are right for the songs. When Susan Cowsill sings one of Sanchez’ kid songs, she hits the right tone—playful, but not cutesy. When Better Than Ezra’s Kevin Griffin sings “Someone Again,” the natural ache in his voice serves Sanchez’ song about dealing with the tension between the personal and public life of a musician.The CD is a tribute to Sanchez the songwriter. He has written songs others will gladly be a part of, find connections to, and over and over he turns phrases artfully. He should be proud to see his work treated so...
A Change is Gonna Come
In early June, John Boutte was at his studio workspace in the French Quarter, the “Boutte Bat Cave,” as he calls it. When asked about the storm, he quickly demurs.
THE STORM STILL RAGES
New Orleans native Paul Sanchez and his band Cowboy Mouth were recording new album Voodoo Shoppe in Atlanta when Katrina hit. As Sanchez sits on the front porch of a Creole cottage in the French Quarter on a beautiful spring day, a mule-drawn carriage ambles by lazily and friends stop along the street to chat. It’s hard to believe that only two blocks away devastation stretches for miles without end, but the tears Sanchez cannot hold back as he speaks of his hometown tell the story. Like so many other newly homeless New Orleans musicians, he lost everything in the flooding following Katrina, including the Gentilly home he and his wife Shelly owned, his music equipment and all his solo back catalog and merchandise.
“We were in shock,” he recalls. “My wife and I were online at a site...
Cultural traditions serve singer's soul
Walk down the tree-lined streets of New Orleans' Faubourg Marigny neighborhood on a hot sultry night, and chances are you'll hear John Boutte's voice floating out of one of the area's trendy nightspots. Perhaps he'll be singing soulful versions of...
Cowboy Mouth Finds a Way Home
Fred LeBlanc’s persuasiveness is the key to his art and the not-so-secret ingredient to Cowboy Mouth’s success. He will do anything to stimulate a crowd — climbing the scaffolding and diving into the audience are typical moves, although he’s given up the practice of throwing the drums into the audience at the end of the set.
“He’s like a cartoon character,” says Paul Sanchez, whose relationship with LeBlanc goes back more than 25 years. “If he has to, he’ll light himself on fire. It’s a trick he can only do once, like Daffy Duck does in the cartoon, but he’s willing to go there".
The band has never had an album that approached that stage intensity until now. After 16 years of struggles, close encounters with stardom, a string of managers and record labels and a...
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Hootie & The Blowfish Looking for Lucky
Looking for Lucky
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Looking for Lucky
Release Date: 2005 08 09
Label: Sneaky Long
Hootie & the Blowfish's fifth studio effort is the first to feature extensive co-songwriting credits, as well as a few well-placed guest musicians. Hootie & the Blowfish sound as natural as ever on Looking for Lucky, their ear for melody intact through a slick 12-song set of rootsy pop with insightful nods to country, blues, and gospel. Rucker still sings in that rousing baritone, and the harmonies and acoustic strum tag it as Hootie. But the band's sound benefits from the slight makeover -- nothing fancy, just a slight tweak toward modernization. Elsewhere on Lucky, additional songwriting from folks like Matraca Berg and the Silos' Walter Salas-Humara brings more depth to the...
John Boutté - Jambalaya
Jambalaya is John Boutté doing what he does best. In front of two distinct bands made up of friends and long-time musical associates, Boutté belts out or softly caresses themes that remain close to his heart. It is this sincerity and the jazz musician's sense of timing and improvisation that makes Boutté stand out in a crowd. There's a mix of new and previously released material such as the now familiar "Sisters" and "At the Foot of Canal Street." You can't go wrong with Bill Huntington on bass and Shannon Powell behind the drums. It's the one-two punch of the snare drum that gets things rollicking on "Two Bands Rollin'," which was written by Boutté and Paul Sanchez. The song speaks of New Orleans all the way. Lyrically Boutté sings of well-known folks like Doreen Ketchens and...
When Cowboy Mouth guitarist and vocalist ...
When Cowboy Mouth guitarist and vocalist Paul Sanchez Steps away from his day gig, it's to craft intimate, instantly memorable unplugged albums. ...