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Offbeat Magazine

The Creole Rat Pack

Apr 1, 2008
Offbeat Magazine by Richard Giraldi


In 2006, Paul Sanchez walked away from the rock group Cowboy Mouth, a band he helped form 16 years ago. He had lost his house to Katrina's floodwaters, and once he was off the road, he started the process of dealing with the storm--something touring helped stave off. He later developed a seizure disorder that makes it difficult for him to tour.


Some would have called it a career, but Sanchez shows no signs of slowing down. He currently resides in the Marigny and performs regularly at Frenchmen Street clubs such as d.b.a. He will also soon release two projects, a brand new solo record, Exit to Mystery Street, and John Boutte’s new album, Good Neighbor which he co-produced.

Sanchez jokes that Boutte and himself are the “Creole Rat Pack,” or the “black and white New Orleans.” They met at...

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John Boutté Knows What It Means

Oct 1, 2007
by Richard Gehr

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The Washington Post

Two years after Katrina, New Orleans music scene is a faint echo of its past - Washington Post

A melancholy song from the broken cradle of jazz

Aug 27, 2007
The Washington Post by Teresa Wiltz

NEW ORLEANS — In a crowded bar in the French Quarter, locals are passing a tip bucket while singer John Boutte whoops and hollers, crooning tales of regret and rage over the havoc wreaked by that witch Katrina. Adding his own spin to an old Randy Newman song, "Louisiana 1927":

 

Michael Williamson
WASHINGTON POST

'People tell me I should get ... out,' says New Orleans musician John Boutte. 'Hell, no. Why should I leave? This is my home. My ancestors' bones are here.'

Michael Williamson 
WASHINGTON POST

Singer-songwriter Paul Sanchez, below, says, 'We all lost more than we can ever articulate.'

President Bush said, "Great job, good job!

"What the levees have done to this poor Creole's land . ..."

 

Backstage, the Virgin Mary gazes...

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Cowboy Mouth, “Mouthing Off”/Paul Sanchez “Wasted Lives and Bluegrass” (1994)

Mar 26, 2007
somethingelsereviews.com by Nick DeRiso

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.

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New Orleans Times Picayune

Happy Trails

He left the success of Cowboy Mouth behind,but Paul Sanchez isn't exactly ready to ride off into the sunset just yet

Dec 22, 2006
New Orleans Times Picayune by Keith Spera

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....

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Between Friends

Best Of The Batch: Paul Sanchez

Between Friends

Nov 8, 2006
Music Dish by Matthew S. Robinson

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,...

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Offbeat Magazine Between Friends

Review: Between Friends

Nov 1, 2006
Offbeat Magazine by Alex Rawls

 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...

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THE STORM STILL RAGES

Aug 29, 2006
Paste Magazine by John Swenson

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...

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Chicago Sun Times

Cultural traditions serve singer's soul

Jul 23, 2006
Chicago Sun Times by Mary Houlihan

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...

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Offbeat Magazine

Cowboy Mouth Finds a Way Home

Mar 1, 2006
Offbeat Magazine by John Swenson

 

 

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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