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Hootie & The Blowfish Looking for Lucky

Looking for Lucky

Aug 9, 2005
All Music Guide by Johnny Loftus

 

 

 

Hootie & The Blowfish
Looking for Lucky
Release Date: 2005 08 09
Label: Sneaky Long
Rating: 

Hootie & the Blowfish's fifth studio effort is the first to feature extensive co-songwriting credits, as well as a few well-placed guest musicians. Hootie & the Blowfish sound as natural as ever on Looking for Lucky, their ear for melody intact through a slick 12-song set of rootsy pop with insightful nods to country, blues, and gospel. Rucker still sings in that rousing baritone, and the harmonies and acoustic strum tag it as Hootie. But the band's sound benefits from the slight makeover -- nothing fancy, just a slight tweak toward modernization. Elsewhere on Lucky, additional songwriting from folks like Matraca Berg and the Silos' Walter Salas-Humara brings more depth to the...

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Offbeat Magazine

John Boutté - Jambalaya

Jun 1, 2003
Offbeat Magazine by Geraldine Wyckoff


JOHN BOUTTE: Jambalaya

Jambalaya is John Boutté doing what he does best. In front of two distinct bands made up of friends and long-time musical associates, Boutté belts out or softly caresses themes that remain close to his heart. It is this sincerity and the jazz musician's sense of timing and improvisation that makes Boutté stand out in a crowd. There's a mix of new and previously released material such as the now familiar "Sisters" and "At the Foot of Canal Street." You can't go wrong with Bill Huntington on bass and Shannon Powell behind the drums. It's the one-two punch of the snare drum that gets things rollicking on "Two Bands Rollin'," which was written by Boutté and Paul Sanchez. The song speaks of New Orleans all the way. Lyrically Boutté sings of well-known folks like Doreen Ketchens and...

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Langniappe, The Times-Picayune

When Cowboy Mouth guitarist and vocalist ...

Dec 21, 2001
Langniappe, The Times-Picayune by Keith Spera

When Cowboy Mouth guitarist and vocalist Paul Sanchez Steps away from his day gig, it's to craft intimate, instantly memorable unplugged albums. ...

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Offbeat Magazine

Letters to the Editor

Jul 1, 2000
Offbeat Magazine

-letters to the editor-
Falling Down
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!

Offbeat Magazine Live at Carrolton Station

Paul Sanchez -Sold Out at Carollton Station (PSM)

Jul 1, 2000
Offbeat Magazine by Missy Heckscher

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...

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Gambit Weekly Sonoma Valley

Paul Sanchez -Sonoma Valley (PSM)

Feb 8, 2000
Gambit Weekly by Kevin Moreau

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...

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Jet Black and Jealous

Review Jet Black and Jealous

May 2, 1999
The Day by Rick Koster

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...

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On LOOSE PARTS

Sep 1, 1997
Hear and Now by Jeff English

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...

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Gambit Weekly

Tough Enough

Aug 11, 1997
Gambit Weekly by Rich Collins

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.

PaulFollowing 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...

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New Orleans Times Picayune Loose Parts

Music: Jazzfest on disc, by Keith Spera

Apr 30, 1997
New Orleans Times Picayune 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...

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Offbeat Magazine Loose Parts

Review: Loose Parts

Apr 1, 1997
Offbeat Magazine by David Jones

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.

Langniappe, The Times-Picayune

Sunday night at Carrollton Station

Jan 3, 1997
Langniappe, The Times-Picayune by Keith Spera

Sunday night at Carrollton Station, Paul Sanchez turned in a solo acoustic set full of warmth and humor...

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