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Heart Renovations

New music spotlight: Paul Sanchez

Heart Renovations Review from WWOZ

Aug 16, 2016

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"Sanchez pulls from a surprising mix of genres to create a unique singer-songwriter album that combines music and storytelling. Sad tales, humor, pure entertainment, and hope are interwoven throughout twenty solo acoustic songs... "

Heart Renovations

Award-Winning New Orleans Musician Paul Sanchez Releases 14th Album, Heart Renovations

Jul 31, 2016

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New Orleans, La. (July 31, 2016) -- Native New Orleanian Paul Sanchez, a noted musician, songwriter,

singer, producer, writer, and actor announces the release of his 14th album, Heart Renovations, a sequel to

Sanchez’s critically acclaimed first solo album, Jet Black and Jealous, which was released in 1992.

Recorded in New Orleans, Heart Renovations, features 20 new original songs and is available at Louisiana Music Factory, CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon.

Paul Sanchez’s award-winning music transforms audiences with his unique blend of music and storytelling – at once powerful, sad, humorous, entertaining, and hopeful. Heart...

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New Orleans Advocate

New Orleans singer Paul Sanchez does a Jazz Fest double

plays with two bands during his one-hour set

Apr 25, 2015
New Orleans Advocate by Mak Guarino

At the Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage Friday, local singer-songwriter Paul Sanchez played with not one, but two bands during his one-hour set.

The first was Minimum Rage, the all-woman band that took turns showcasing a variety of quirky roles — guitarist Sonia Tetlow sang a song about mobile food vendor Mr. Okra while drummer Linda Bolley fired off a guitar solo during a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” while her feet kept beat banging the bass drum and high-hat cymbal. Bass player Mary Lasseigne stepped into the title role of “Maggie Don’t Two-Step,” a Cowboy Mouth song that got the crowd to do what they’re supposed to do at a stage titled Fais Do-Do: dance.

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New Orleans Times Picayune

Paul Sanchez gets a little help from his friends at New Orleans Jazz Fest

Apr 24, 2015
New Orleans Times Picayune by Susan Langenhennig

Paul Sanchez knows how to bring the party at Jazz Fest. Holding down the mid-day slot (1:40 p.m.) Friday on the Sheraton Fais Do-Do stage, the popular local singer-songwriter surrounded himself with a whole lot of rockin' women.

Called the Minimum Rage – with the fabulous tagline "Minimum Rage, Maximum Fun" -- the lineup included Sonia Tetlow on mandolin and guitar; Mary Lasseigne on bass,Lynn Drury on guitar, Jamie Lynn Vessels on electric guitar; Beth Wheeler on mandolin, and Linda Bolley on drums -– and just about everyone on vocals. (For one rollicking cover of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues," Bolley tag-teamed, playing  lead guitar and drums — at the same time.)

Tetlow and Lasseigne, like Sanchez, are Cowboy Mouth alums, all schooled in high-energy crowd-pleasing rock,...

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Offbeat Magazine First Flight

Write Brothers, First Flight (Threadhead Records)

Jan 28, 2015
Offbeat Magazine by John Swenson

For the past century, New Orleans has been known as a place of great instrumentalists and great singers.

The emphasis has been on live performance and there has been a virtual absence of music-industry infrastructure, particularly in the most lucrative aspect of the business, publishing. It’s not surprising that without a publishing business the art of songwriting was not well served.

Of course, there have been some great songwriters...

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Offbeat Magazine Everything That Ends Begins Again

Paul Sanchez, The World Is Round Everything That Ends Begins Again (Independent)

Dec 29, 2014
Offbeat Magazine by John Swenson

Paul Sanchez’s transformation from corporate rocker in Cowboy Mouth to one of the most distinctive New Orleans songwriters was among the happiest post-Katrina storylines in a city struggling to rediscover its identity. Sanchez made several excellent solo albums and collaborated with some of the city’s gifted songwriters and musicians in a collective creative renaissance that reached its apogee in the still-in-progress production of Nine Lives: The Musical.

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Offbeat Magazine


Aug 28, 2013
Offbeat Magazine by Paul Sanchez

We asked one of our favorite musicians and songwriters, Paul Sanchez, to offer some thoughts on the events that happened this very week in 2005. He came up with a moving and heartfelt piece that says a lot about the difficult process of healing and the resilience of this city. Everyone who loves New Orleans is invited to join us in some reflections and a toast. Enjoy…

It has been eight years since Katrina, when the levees broke and New Orleans flooded. I’m not comfortable using the word anniversary with the flood– anniversary seems like it’s something we should celebrate, and no one I know wants to celebrate Katrina.

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New Orleans Times Picayune Nine Lives - A Musical Adaptation

Paul Sanchez is relieved to return to music with 'Nine Lives' performance

Sep 10, 2012
New Orleans Times Picayune by Keith Spera

A professional musician for most of his adult life, Paul Sanchez typically spends his summers on tour. This summer, under normal circumstances, he would have also closely monitored the progress of "Nine Lives," the New Orleans-set musical he co-created, as it is developed for the Broadway stage.

But this summer was anything but normal for Sanchez. In April, his wife of 20 years, Shelly, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy.

With Shelly facing a long and difficult recovery, he couldn't stand the thought of leaving her to go on the road. So he swallowed his pride and called up an old friend who owns an office supply company.

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New Orleans Times Picayune

'Nine Lives' continues its journey from page to stage - Times Picayune

Jan 18, 2012
New Orleans Times Picayune by Keith Spera

On Saturday night, Paul Sanchez stood at the back of the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, watching “Nine Lives” come to life. Over the past two years, Sanchez, his collaborators and benefactors have raised and spent more than $150,000 to transform “Nine Lives,” New Yorker staff writer Dan Baum’s best-selling 2009 chronicle of nine New Orleanians between hurricanes Betsy and Katrina, into a “concept cast album” and, maybe, a musical.

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The Vinyl District

The Vinyl District Interview

Paul Sanchez of Nine Lives at 6th & I, 6/20

Jun 13, 2011
The Vinyl District by Clark Newman

Next Monday, June 20thSixth and I will showcase Nine Lives, The Musical Adaptation, a concert which follows the stories depicted in the novel Nine Lives by Dan BaumNine Lives tells the stories of nine individuals in New Orleans during the time period between Hurricanes Betsy and Katrina in 1965 and 2005, respectively.

Singer/Songwriter Paul Sanchez wrote music for the concert along with Colman DeKay, and Sanchez  is joined by author Dan Baum and all-stars Tony Award-winning actorMichael Cerveris (Sweeney Todd, Assassins), and musicianArsene Delay to bring these stories to life next week. The Vinyl District was lucky enough to catch an interview with Paul Sanchez in anticipation of the show.

Read the interview, then enter for a chance to join us as we take a journey through the...

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Threadhead Records: A Musicians' Bank, Birthed On Message Boards

May 11, 2011
NPR by Geoffrey Himes

They started as fans unusually proactive fans from all over the world who met online through their shared love for New Orleans music. They wound up starting an unusual record label serving many of the city's best musicians.

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