Letters to the Editor
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Missy Hecksher's review of Paul Sanchez's show at the Carrollton Station and his live record that has just been released was excellent. I remember being at "The Station" on the night of Sanchez's show (January 15, 2000) and it was fantastic. When Peyton's brother Cooper Manning and his girlfriend(wife?) had trouble getting in the door. I knew it really was"Sold Out!"
Thanks, Ms. Hecksher for the great review. I could not have described the great evening and c.d. any better. My personal favorite from the night was "They Were Married"(though I do like "I Got Drunk This Christmas" too). When Igot the c.d. and listened to the guy in the audience falling down again I couldn't believe it! "LOL!"Keep on writing!
Paul Sanchez -Sold Out at Carollton Station (PSM)
The first thing you've got to realize is that this is not Cowboy Mouth. While Sanchez is a member of the college-popular, pound'em sound and shake'em rock band, his solo work is of a whole different league. In fact it's almost hard to believe these two are connected at all.
Sanchez, on his fifth CD, "Sold Out at Carrollton Station", sings his melodies in soft and gentle voice that is nothing like the let it go, let it go energy that made the Mouth famous. Recorded amidst an enthusiastic uptown crowd, most of the songs on the live CD are a folksy, slow strummed tribute to the all-night escapades, cheap liquor and crawfish stews that make New Orleans the place that it is.
A few of the songs may sound familiar like "Laughable", which Sanchez sings with CM, but when you take away the...
Paul Sanchez -Sonoma Valley (PSM)
In the supercharged rock enviroment of a Cowboy Mouth show, Paul Sanchez's appeal lies in his aw shucks demeanor. With his stiff necked rooster strut, he looks like a regular joe who got called up from the front row,and his songs establish a familiar, barstool intimacy. On his solo recordings, Sanchez cranks that intimacy knob to 11. He's not some faceless singer staring out over the crowd at open mike night; he's your best friend, sitting in your living room, and you're the only person in the audience.
Songs like "Same Old Disguise and "Footsteps I Hear" mark a new level of sophistication in Sanchez's songwriting, although his penchant for agreeable melodies remains intact. "Nasty Evil Clown"(with great understated tuba work from Monte Montgomery) and the Irish Boy-styled sing-a-long...
Review Jet Black and Jealous
If one cuts Cowboy Mouth singer/guitarist/songwriter Paul Sanchez, he bleeds folkie. Long before the New Orleans band earned national fame as a rock band, Sanchez wandered the northeast as an acoustic-toting troubadour, hoping to follow in such footsteps as Bob Dylan's or Peter Case's.
Instead, Sanchez started the Mouth and began ascension of a different colored musical ladder. But that doesn't mean he's abandoned the singer/songwriter side of his personality. Over the years, Sanchez has re-released three fine indie label solo albums; "Jet Black and Jealous," "Wasted Lives and Bluegrass," and "Loose Parts" --mostly featuring his voice and guitar --and often opens CM concerts with solo acoustic sets.
"Jet Black and Jealous" was the first of Sanchez' records and, in the opinion of...
On LOOSE PARTS
On LOOSE PARTS, Paul Sanchez continues the same territory he's explored on his solo discs, JET BLACK and JEALOUS and WASTED LIVES and BLUEGRASS. Though the first two sound similar, the subject matter is drastically different. JEALOUS covered the dark side of relationships and lost love, while on BLUEGRASS,( after falling in love and getting married), the songs tended to showcase the happier side of life.
It's obvious that Sanchez is still happily married since much of LOOSE PARTS celebrates the relationship he shares with his wife, Rachelle. "Unwind Our Heart" is a beautiful ode to the challenges of marriage, " what I have to say, is to be prepared for life to want to tear us apart/ 'cause the world is gonna try to unwind our heart."A testament to what a stable relationship did for...
Paul Sanchez grew up in the Irish Channel, a working-class Catholic neighborhood with its share of rough edges.
Sanchez saw some neighborhood buddies get into trouble with the law. He watched other friends stay on the straight and narrow only to be derailed by unexpected tragedies. And he witnessed his widowed mother work hard to raise 11 children and send them safely out into the world.
After he successfully avoided the pitfalls that claimed others, it's no surprise that Sanchez developed the strength to weather the slings and arrows of a rock 'n' roll music career.
Following a stint with the Backbeats in New Orleans, Sanchez joined the burgeoning "anti-folk" scene in New York City in the late-1980s. He signed a deal as a solo acoustic performer with CBS Records, but the deal went...
Music: Jazzfest on disc, by Keith Spera
Paul Sanchez, Loose Parts (Paul Sanchez Music). Such is the intimacy of Paul Sanchez's solo recordings that it's easy to imagine him right there, in your living room, serenading with his acoustic.
Before Sanchez joined the bombastic Cowboy Mouth as one of its two guitarists, he was an aspiring folkie with a wealth of slice-of-life ballads - mostly down-and-out, mostly autobiographical. He has continued to walk those same side alleys via three solo albums released during his tenure with the Mouth (if you ever come across a copy of his hard-to-find first gem of an album, "Wasted Lives and Bluegrass," snag it).
His new, self-released, mostly solo third outing, "Loose Parts," contains more of what made his first two discs so charming.
The sound throughout is clean and bright. His...
Review: Loose Parts
Paul Sanchez breaks away for a simple, un-plugged session that makes up the package called Loose Parts, a folksy work produced by Peter Holsapple. The songs here are quiet ballads, each telling what seems to be a very personal story and Sanchez tells them well.
The duet with Susan Cowsill is positively enchanting, the two exchanging lead vocals easily and creating quiet harmonies without ever hurrying.
"Shotgun In my Soul" is the most electric of the cd's 14 cuts.
Loose Parts is like Sanchez came over to your house, pulled up a chair and played all his favorite tunes just for you.
Sunday night at Carrollton Station
Sunday night at Carrollton Station, Paul Sanchez turned in a solo acoustic set full of warmth and humor...
Wasted Lives and Bluegrass, Paul Sanchez.
Prescription to cure those follow-up blues
Like Jet Black and Jealous, this record is an airy affair, done mostly solo on guitar. He ruminates on life and love, pain and passion. There's a lot of cigarette smoking and coffee drinking.
Yet, as with the previous LP, Sanchez just doesn't have a torrid album to offer.
This simple placidity of "Still in Love" and "I Dreamt" is his greatest strength. He's no folk protest singer in the mode of Seeger, Guthrie or Dylan; he's a lover not a fighter.
Strictly speaking, Sanchez has a voice that's a little too sweet for rock music too. It's almost Tim Pan Alley in its unforced naivity; almost showy in its easy world-weariness.
What Sanchez does to cure that on "Wasted Lives and Bluegrass" is bring in a harp player named John Herbert, which gives the proceedings a stern, honky tonk...
"The Times-Picayune Lagniappe," Friday, March 19, 1993
Paul Sanchez was sitting on the cold concrete sidewalk outside the Howlin' Wolf, a Warehouse District nightspot, when his friend Caleb Guilliotte walked up.
"Hey," Sanchez said by way of greeting. "I've got a new song I want to show you."
Guilliotte handed him an acoustic guitar. Sanchez, who, like Guilliotte, often straps on an electric guitar and blasts out power chords with a rock 'n' roll band (Cowboy Mouth in Sanchez's case, Deadeye Dick in Guilliotte's) strummed out a gentle jazz-blues tune and crooned the results of a day's work: "She Won't Let Me Be Sad."
Guillotte just smiled. He knows Sanchez well enough to know about the love story that inspired the song, and to be unsurprised that his pal had written yet another fine melody. Besides, Guilliotte had his own new song to...
Jet Black and Jealous
Just when you think no one could have worse luck with women, along comes Paul Sanchez.
Judging by these 13 short songs, women are either walking Ginsu knives ("And your tongue, to my surprise, was a razor in disguise" and, from the title track, "But you beat my arms with your slashing tongue") or they just ain't around ("Another night alone in bed/I wait in vain to hear the door" and "When I woke up I was divorced"). Lucky for him, Paul has something that most of us can't fall back on -- an ingratiating singing voice and a storyteller's ease.
The Louisiana-born Sanchez reminds me of a folkier Peter Himmelman or maybe Luka Bloom, with New Orleans often taking the place of Bloom's Ireland or New York City (both men's home away from home). He uses a cranked up, chunky, Bloom like...