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Music critic Keith Spera sounds off on the best local CDs of 2009

Dec 28, 2009
New Orleans Times Picayune by Keith Spera

South Louisiana delivered yet another bounty of CDs in 2009. None shined brighter than Allen Toussaint’s "The Bright Mississippi," his jazzy collaboration with producer Joe Henry and an all-star cast of modern jazz musicians.

Keith Spera/The Times-Picayune

Allen Toussaint’s “The Bright Mississippi,” a jazzy collaboration with producer Joe Henry and an all-star cast of modern jazz musicians.

Threadhead Records, the nonprofit label founded by a federation of Jazz Fest fans, had a big year. The best of Threadhead’s ’09 releases was "How to Be a Cannonball," by man-about-town guitarist and songwriter Alex McMurray. His lyrics are populated by his usual assortment of vivid, eccentric characters in the tradition of Tom Waits and Randy Newman.

Also on Threadhead, the New Orleans...

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Offbeat Magazine Farewell to Storyville

Farewell to Storyville

Dec 1, 2009
Offbeat Magazine by John Swenson

The Threadhead Records phenomenon has reshaped the profile of the local recording industry, allowing veteran musicians to make albums that might otherwise not have happened, giving deserving new artists a jump start on their careers and even producing such delightful one shots as this year’s Christmas release. No musician has benefited from this breakthrough more than Paul Sanchez, who has established himself as an important solo artist since leaving Cowboy Mouth with no small help from the label. This is the third Threadhead-financed album Sanchez has made,
and each has been remarkably different.

Sanchez has been preparing to make Farewell to Storyville his whole career. It’s an impromptu,
mostly solo session in which Sanchez tells stories about each song before singing it, a...

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Farewell to Storyville

PAUL SANCHEZ- FAREWELL TO STORYVILLE

Nov 17, 2009
Burning Wood

Singer-songwriter Sanchez' offers up more than most on this autobiographical musical journey, as he tells stories about the inspiration behind the music, and mesmerizes the listener with his heartbreaking voice and heartfelt words. Each song is an engrossing slice of life and Paul Sanchez welcomes you into his world with the warmth and grace one expects from the great people of the great city of New Orleans.

My Friend - Paul Sanchez

Aug 28, 2009
Burning Wood by Paul Sanchez

 

 


My intentions for today were simple. To commemorate the 4th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, I would create a "Weekend Mix" of some rare live music from the artists and clubs of New Orleans, I would share some thoughts about my favorite city, and with a little luck, singer-songwriter, author, poet, friend and mensch Paul Sanchez would honor my request with a short paragraph sharing his thoughts on the whole mess. At 8:48 A.M., yesterday morning, the music mix was created and while giving it a test run, Paul Sanchez e-mailed and agreed to write something up. At 9:13, the music stopped, my computer went blank and after 2 reboots had realized my entire hard drive had been wiped out. Every photo, every song (about 70,000 of them,) all my writing, GONE! (oh, the irony) We will save...
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Community Tied By Strong Threads

Fan-subsidized Threadhead Records keeps the music and money in New Orleans

May 28, 2009
Grammy.com by Steve Hochman

Singer/songwriter Susan Cowsill points toward a clutch of people sitting and chatting in a backyard in New Orleans' Marigny neighborhood.

"See that woman? The one with the flowers in her hair, waving a fan?" she asks. "She's my record company executive."

Cowsill could have pointed at any one of the 250 or so people in attendance at the annual Threadheads Patry (yes patry, playing off the local patois) in late April. The gathering took place in between weekends of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell and convened people nationwide who connected due to their love for Crescent City culture via Internet chat boards operated by the festival itself. They participate in various discussion "threads," hence the name, and are partners in Threadhead Records — a uniquely 

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New Orleans Times Picayune

Trumpeter Shamarr Allen doesn't wish to be pigeonholed

May 3, 2009
New Orleans Times Picayune by Keith Spera

Trumpeter Shamarr Allen apprenticed with the Rebirth Brass Band, traditional jazz drummer Bob French and, improbably enough, Willie Nelson.

Now he's ready to step out on his own.

He devoted his first CD to traditional jazz. But as the title of his new "Box Who In?" implies, he won't be pigeonholed. Rock, modern jazz, funk -- "Box Who In?" runs the gamut.

In the summer of 2005, Allen and his sister lived in a house their parents owned on North Prieur Street, around the corner from his mother and father's home on Jourdan Avenue. The houses faced the section of Industrial Canal levee that ruptured during Hurricane Katrina.

He and his family evacuated before the storm, but the destruction of their homes made for an especially compelling story. Allen appeared in documentaries and...

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The New York Times

Jazzfest: Behind Threadhead Records

May 3, 2009
The New York Times by John Pareles

 Threadhead sounded like an odd name for a record company when I mentioned Glen David Andrews’s gospel album, “Walking Through Heaven’s Gate.” And there’s a story behind it. Threadheads are members of an online social community born out of message threads on the forum at nojazzfest.comafter Hurricane Katrina they started donating money and time to charitable projects. Naturally, musicians played at fund-raising parties, and two of them, the guitarist/songwriter Paul Sanchez and the singer John Boutté performed at one in 2007. “Afterwards one Threadhead,(Chris Joseph),  came up to me and said, ‘That was great, you guys should make a record.’ And I said, ‘Well, we would need money,’” says Sanchez. “He asked how much? I gave him a figure and he said great.”

A Threadhead named Chris...

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L.A. Times

Threadheads give up-and-coming musicians a boost

The music lovers have evolved from an online chat room group into a nonprofit record label.

May 2, 2009
L.A. Times by Geoffrey Himes

 

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Like a lot of out-of-towners who came to New Orleans in the years after the levees failed, Chris Joseph found that the singers John Boutte and Paul Sanchez spoke to the city's post-Katrina trauma better than almost any other artists.

 

Like his fellow visitors, Joseph felt frustrated that he couldn't buy a CD of the cathartic songs the duo was singing in the city's nightclubs -- numbers such as the infectious original "Good Neighbor" or the radical rearrangement of Paul Simon's "An American Tune" as part folk confessional and part gospel hymn.

Unlike the others, though, Joseph did something about it.

Joseph, a Santa Monica resident who prepares environmental impact statements for a living, was a member of the Threadheads, a group that already had proved that music fans could...

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The Washington Post

The sounds of "Treme" are headed this way

Apr 7, 2009
The Washington Post by Lavanya Ramanathan

You may not know Paul Sanchez or "Big" Sam Williams by name, but if you've been watching HBO's "Treme," then you definitely know their songs.

Next month, you can get to know them a lot better when the New Orleans-based musicians -- fresh off "Treme" appearances -- will play a rollicking, Big Easy-style concert at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue.

The June 3 concert is being billed as both a way to mark this summer's fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and as a benefit for New Orleans label Threadhead Records, which helps the area's musicians release albums using loans from fans. (Sanchez has put out a few records on the label.)

Trombonist and bandleader Williams -- slated to also stop this summer at hipster Tennessee music festival Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits with his...

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Paul Sanchez and New Orleans' Rolling Road Show Review

Apr 6, 2009
Stereophile by Robert Baird

Could anything top a visit to Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge? I mean, what on earth-let alone the great but still reviving city of New Orleans, Louisiana-could one possibly best the experience of seeing, hearing and, God knows, smelling S&J's, one of America's more piquant fire-water soaked dumps (see http://blog.stereophile.com/musicroom/robertbaird/new_orleans_matters/).

 The answer was Carrollton Station, a much more upscale club, where we went to see and hear Paul Sanchez and The Rolling Road Show. To a big-city newcomer the idea sounded too wide-eyed and optimistic to be believed: musicians from various genres, black and white, jazz cats and rock dudes, getting together to play each other's songs. In theory, it would be a mixing of the many styles and influences that have...

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Offbeat Magazine

Musician, Heal Thyself

Apr 6, 2009
Offbeat Magazine by Alex Rawls

“I hadn’t tuned a guitar in years.”

 

For years, someone handed Paul Sanchez a tuned guitar when he walked onstage with Cowboy Mouth. If it went out of tune, there was someone there with another ready to go, and went he left the stage he handed it to that someone. That sort of treatment spoils a man. “The first time I played d.b.a. on my own I wasn’t even sure where to plug my amp in.”

 

Paul Sanchez traveled in some variation of that style for most of his 16 years in Cowboy Mouth. It was rarely easy; his relationship with singer/frontman Fred LeBlanc was complicated, and once they hit some variation of the big time, things got harder. “We got signed to MCA,” he says. “Hootie and the Blowfish were hot, and they wanted us to make a record that sounded like Hootie....

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Stew Called New Orleans

Stew Called New Orleans - John Boutte & Paul Sanchez

Apr 1, 2009
Where Y'at Magazine by Sheri McKee

This CD captures the true flavor, feel, and culture of real New Orleanians.  John Boutte’ & Paul Sanchez make several references that only locals can understand on their latest collaboration together, Stew Called New Orleans.  Filled with acoustic guitar strumming and trumpet playing by Leroy Jones, these classic song writers take listeners on a story filled adventure of tales through the city including an amusing ‘oops my drink smudged your digits on a napkin’ in “Two-five-one,” and “Call Me Superstitious” referring to a little voodoo.  One of the most enjoyable tracks is the simple and soul searching honesty on “Hey God” featuring John Boutte’ on vocals, Paul Sanchez on guitar and Leroy Jones’ perfectly timed trumpet solo and accents.  Sanchez croons out a bluesy version of “I...

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