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Wasted Lives & Bluegrass

Wasted Lives and Bluegrass, Paul Sanchez.

Prescription to cure those follow-up blues

Aug 7, 1994
The News Star

Like Jet Black and Jealous, this record is an airy affair, done mostly solo on guitar. He ruminates on life and love, pain and passion. There's a lot of cigarette smoking and coffee drinking.

Yet, as with the previous LP, Sanchez just doesn't have a torrid album to offer.

This simple placidity of "Still in Love" and "I Dreamt" is his greatest strength. He's no folk protest singer in the mode of Seeger, Guthrie or Dylan; he's a lover not a fighter.

Strictly speaking, Sanchez has a voice that's a little too sweet for rock music too. It's almost Tim Pan Alley in its unforced naivity; almost showy in its easy world-weariness.

What Sanchez does to cure that on "Wasted Lives and Bluegrass" is bring in a harp player named John Herbert, which gives the proceedings a stern, honky tonk...

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New Orleans Times Picayune

Sounds Natural

"The Times-Picayune Lagniappe," Friday, March 19, 1993

Mar 19, 1993
New Orleans Times Picayune by Scott Aiges

Paul Sanchez was sitting on the cold concrete sidewalk outside the Howlin' Wolf, a Warehouse District nightspot, when his friend Caleb Guilliotte walked up.

"Hey," Sanchez said by way of greeting. "I've got a new song I want to show you."

Guilliotte handed him an acoustic guitar. Sanchez, who, like Guilliotte, often straps on an electric guitar and blasts out power chords with a rock 'n' roll band (Cowboy Mouth in Sanchez's case, Deadeye Dick in Guilliotte's) strummed out a gentle jazz-blues tune and crooned the results of a day's work: "She Won't Let Me Be Sad."

Guillotte just smiled. He knows Sanchez well enough to know about the love story that inspired the song, and to be unsurprised that his pal had written yet another fine melody. Besides, Guilliotte had his own new song to...

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Jet Black and Jealous

Jet Black and Jealous

Oct 1, 1992
The Record Exchange Music Monitor by Rick Cornell

Just when you think no one could have worse luck with women, along comes Paul Sanchez.

Judging by these 13 short songs, women are either walking Ginsu knives ("And your tongue, to my surprise, was a razor in disguise" and, from the title track, "But you beat my arms with your slashing tongue") or they just ain't around ("Another night alone in bed/I wait in vain to hear the door" and "When I woke up I was divorced"). Lucky for him, Paul has something that most of us can't fall back on -- an ingratiating singing voice and a storyteller's ease.

The Louisiana-born Sanchez reminds me of a folkier Peter Himmelman or maybe Luka Bloom, with New Orleans often taking the place of Bloom's Ireland or New York City (both men's home away from home). He uses a cranked up, chunky, Bloom like...

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Offbeat Magazine

"Offbeat Magazine" September 1992.

Sep 1, 1992
Offbeat Magazine

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.'"

Offbeat Magazine Jet Black and Jealous

Paul Sanchez, Jet Black and Jealous

May 1, 1992
Offbeat Magazine by Rick Coleman

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,...

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Jet Black and Jealous

Jet Black and Jealous Paul Sanchez

Jan 1, 1992
Dirty Linen by Stephen A Ide

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...

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The New York Times

THERE'S MORE TO THE MUSIC OF NEW ORLEANS THAN JAZZ

Jan 19, 1986
The New York Times by Steve Schneider

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...

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