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Paul Sanchez

Paul Sanchez at Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, 2008
Background information
Also known as Poppy
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Genres Folk rock, R&B, jazz, blues
Occupations Singer, guitarist
Years active 1990 - present
Labels Threadhead Records
Associated acts John Boutté
Cowboy Mouth

Paul Sanchez is a New Orleans-born and based American guitarist and a singer-songwriter. Sanchez is best known as one of New Orleans finest song writers and was also founding member of the New Orleans band Cowboy Mouth. Sanchez was a guitarist and one of the primary singers and songwriters for the band from 1990 to 2006. Sanchez's songs have appeared in films and on television and have been performed by various artists such as Darius Rucker, Susan Cowsill, Kevin Griffin and The Eli Young Band, Hootie and the Blowfish, John Boutté, Shamarr Allen, Glen Andrews and Kim Carson.



Paul Sanchez was born literally across the street from the Mississippi River and grew up in New Orleans, in the Irish Channel section, a working class Catholic neighborhood where his mother Sylvia was grew up. His father, Joseph Sanchez, was Islenos from Delacroix Island in Louisiana who came to New Orleans as a boy after the flood of '27. He met Sylvia, fathered eleven children and worked as a longshoreman until his death at 45. Paul was raised by his widowed mother along with ten brothers and sisters.

His first musical endeavor was in the New Orleans band The Backbeats, along with Vance DeGeneres, Steve Walters and a drummer he was to encounter again in his career named Fred LeBlanc. He refined his art in the flourishing “anti-folk” scene during a stint in New York in the late eighties where he befriended artists Michelle Shocked, Brenda Kahn, John S. Hall and Roger Manning. He signed a deal as a solo acoustic performer with CBS records, but the record company underwent management changes and his agreement expired without producing any releases. Sanchez temporarily left the music business and worked as a production assistant on films

Sanchez ultimately returned to New Orleans in 1990 and helped form Cowboy Mouth along with John Thomas Griffith (Red Rockers), Paul Clement (Woodenhead), and his former drummer from The Backbeats Fred LeBlanc. The Mouth's popularity and ambitious touring schedule kept him on the road for most of 16 years. Though he contributed to the band’s catalogue, Sanchez was left unsatisfied. His desire to make music that was closer to his heart and better demonstrated his talent as a singer/songwriter led to a solo career that paralleled his day job as he recorded seven solo albums while performing his duties in the band.

When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the gulf, Sanchez was on tour with The Mouth. Attempting to process the extent of the losses, he stayed on tour and wrote along with Leblanc and Griffith a post-Katrina tribute, “Home”, which was featured in the Starz documentary "New Orleans Music in Exile" and has since become a staple of his live shows. The song was released on the final album he recorded with Cowboy Mouth called Voodoo Shoppe.

When being interviewed by Ellen De Generes on her talk show that year, Sanchez was asked by Ellen what he loved about New Orleans and he replied, " well, I'm pretty sure we invented a good time so if you ever had one..."

Sanchez's songs have appeared in The Accused, starring Jodie Foster, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Underneath, by Steven Soderbergh, and on CMT's Travel America series. His song "Hurricane Party" is a feature on NPR every storm season. Sanchez was also music supervisor for, and appeared in, the independent film, At Last, starring Martin Donovan and Kelly Lynch. His song "At The Foot of Canal Street", co-written in 1999 with Sanchez's friend John Boutte, appears on the critically acclaimed Shout Factory New Orleans musical history boxed set "Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens, a Big Ole Box Of New Orleans."

2008 also saw the re-release of a rewritten version of the title cut of Sanchez's first solo release Jet Black & Jealous. The Eli Young Band made the song the title cut of their major label debut on Universal/Republic. Jet Black & Jealous made its debut at number 5 on the Billboard Country Album Charts in September 2008.

His release, "Between Friends", was a project that allowed him to write songs for some of his favorite singers including Susan Cowsill, Darius Rucker, Kevin Griffin, Mark Mullins, Theresa Anderson and once again, long-time collaborator John Boutte'.

Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner produced his 2008 release of new material, "Exit to Mystery Street" (Threadhead Records). Sanchez also worked with Pirner on John Boutte’s latest album "Good Neighbor" (Threadhead Records), the material for which was a joint effort by both Sanchez and Boutte'. "Good Neighbor" was selected as Best Traditional Album of 2008 by OffBeat Magazine.

2008 saw Sanchez record a version of the classic song "If I Only Had A Brain" from The Wizard Of Oz for a compilation album of children's songs. The album,"Funky Kidz," (, also features performances by some of New Orleans finest players, including The Radiators, Ivan Neville, George Porter, Jr., Bonerama, Papa Grows Funk, and "Wolfman" Washington. Sanchez also made his first appearance on a jazz record singing "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans" on Shamarr Allen's release, "Meet Me On Frenchmen Street." When he does play with a band (Paul Sanchez and The Rolling Road Show), it is a celebration of New Orleans music and fun. Each member of the band sings and plays their own songs as well as Sanchez's.

Continuing to write with his favorite performers in New Orleans, he co-wrote "Walking Through Heaven's Gate" with Glen David Andrews. It is the title cut of a gospel album released by Andrews on Threadhead Records at the start off 2009.

Sanchez's new release for Threadhead Records came out in March 2009. It is a duo record with his friend and collaborator John Boutte called "Stew Called New Orleans". It was recorded live at Piety Street Recording in New Orleans with Leroy Jones on trumpet, Todd Duke on guitar and Peter Harris on bass.

In April 2009, he released a book, a collection of essays Sanchez wrote about life, music and love in the new New Orleans. Titled "Pieces Of Me", it was published by Threadhead Records.

Paul resides in the Treme section of New Orleans.



Cowboy Mouth studio albums

  • Word of Mouth · 1992
  • It Means Escape · 1994
  • Are You With Me? · 1996
  • Word of Mouth (Remix1) · 1996
  • Mercyland · 1998
  • Easy · 2000
  • Uh Oh · 2003
  • Voodoo Shoppe · 2006

Cowboy Mouth live albums and EPs

  • Mouthin' Off (Live & More) · 1993
  • Mouthin' Off (Live & More) (Remastered) · 1997
  • Cowboy Mouth LIVE! (limited edition 5-song EP issued with Mercyland) · 1998
  • Live in the X Lounge "Jenny Says" · 1998
  • All You Need Is Live · 2000
  • Live in the X Lounge "Easy" · 2000 & 2001
  • Uh Oh (5-song Preview EP) · 2003
  • Live at the Zoo · 2004

Solo albums

Awards & recognition

  • Named New Orleans "songwriter of the year, 2000" by the Gambit Weekly readers' poll

External links


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