"Offbeat Magazine" September 1992.
Except for one brief flirtation with CBS Records, Paul Sanchez has been on the outside looking in since the age of 15, when he debuted at Fat City's Gateway Lounge, where his best friend's mother was a bartender. His compensation was a whole $5. "I thought, 'Wow, this is really cool. This is a good way to get $5.' I didn't realize the pay scale wouldn't chnage much over the years." --- "People ask, 'Are those songs from your real life?' And I go, 'Unfortunately, yes.'"
Paul Sanchez, Jet Black and Jealous
Paul Sanchez is a talented songwriter, musician and singer. A veteran of new york's "anti-folk bohemia", Sanchez displays a remarkable lyrical gift in this all-acoustic collection of personal vignettes of loves and loves lost.
The Cowboy Mouth connection is apparent in two hard-edged songs that are performed in concert by the group-'Louisiana Lowdown and Blue' and 'Light it on Fire'.
'Picture of You Wearing Bones' and 'Jet Black and Jealous' resemble classic folk polemics. Accompanied by only a guitar, Sanchez croons like a Spanish balladeer in 'Maria' and breathes softly through the pop-jazz ballad 'In My Dreams'. but Sanchez's lyrics are equally powerful.
His fine, high tenor reaches for edgy emotions as he sings about waking up in panic in a strange bed, choking on conversations,...
Jet Black and Jealous Paul Sanchez
Paul Sanchez is a rocker whose percussive acoustic guitar is effective as a backdrop to personal, vivid songs about experiencing life one relationship at a time. At times it's an attractive picture, other times not. When not singing of old lovers, infatuation and jealousy, Sanchez relays a facet of his family life. It's Sanchez unplugged, but the power still flows.
In the lead-off song about onetime love affairs, "Confidential Dance," his images sizzle from the first lines: "I reached my hand under her black sweater / Buried my face deep in her blond hair." He doesn't get much more graphic than that, but that's only because the relationships end before they can get started. Sanchez was raised in New Orleans, so it follows that influences of that city would emerge in the rocking...
THERE'S MORE TO THE MUSIC OF NEW ORLEANS THAN JAZZ
The out-of-the-way musical venues of New Orleans -what might be described as Off Bourbon Street and Off Off Bourbon Street - are smaller, simpler, and perceptibly less glamorous than the clubs typically preferred by tourists. But they are also the locales of a kind of musical activity indigenously their own -either more challenging or more intimate, more unabashedly experimental or more mindful of grassroots tradition than their more fashionable neighbors.
''New Orleans Now,'' a four-part series beginning its run on Arts and Entertainment Friday night at 11, explores the vital musical diversity of this port city whose French, Caribbean, Spanish, Cajun and African heritage has filtered through its native jazz and blues traditions to form a profusion of musical styles and...