Cowboy Mouth

Cowboy Mouth

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Cowboy Mouth is the most fun you'll ever have getting your ass kicked by a rock and roll band!

Biography

For more than 15 years, the members of the New Orleans-based band Cowboy Mouth have embraced, embodied, preached and shouted the joys of their hometown, sharing a slice of Mardi Gras heaven with fans around the world.

Their most recent release, the band's first (and only) DVD "The name of the band is Cowboy Mouth" was released in early 2008 on Valley Entertainment. It features a live set with Vance DeGeneres on guitar and guest guitarist Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish. Not only are some of the band's best known songs included in a great set, but there is extra footage of unreleased songs "Anything", "Kelly Ripa" and others.
Their 11th recording, Voodoo Shoppe (Eleven Thirty Records), is their most critically acclaimed album to date. The Pittsburgh Tribune stated, “Long known for live shows, the band has just released "Voodoo Shoppe," an album which comes close to matching the group's high-voltage performances.” They go on to say, “Every song seems to have one irresistible hook to draw in listeners.” The Boston Phoenix called it, “Inspiring stuff, and still a hell of a party record.”
Their legendary live shows, which to date have been witnessed by more than 8 million fans, were captured best by Cake magazine when it noted: "...on a bad night they’ll tear the roof off the joint and on a good night they’ll save your soul."
"Voodoo Shoppe" was recorded first in New Orleans and then completed in Atlanta with producers Mark Bryan (of Hootie and the Blowfish) and Russ T. Cobb (Avril Lavigne, Butch Walker) as Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, including several band members’ homes, Voodoo Shoppe is without a doubt Cowboy Mouth’s most dynamic, hard-hitting and emotionally charged album to date. The lead track, “Joe Strummer,” has turned into a fan-favorite, with its fast fist-in-the-air punk flare while the powerhouse vocals of Fred LeBlanc tell of a girlfriend who simply “had to go ‘cause she didn’t know who Joe Strummer was.” Meanwhile, the title track, “Voodoo Shoppe,” with its soul shuffling rhythms reminiscent of a parading band on a French Quarter avenue, is proof that Cowboy Mouth, as Peter Holsapple (dB’s, The Continental Drifters) once said, “never could be from anywhere else.”

While the majority of the album was written prior to Katrina, songs such as the poignantly solemn “The Avenue” and the hauntingly soulful “Home” were written immediately in the wake of the storm that tore through band members’ homes and hearts. Both songs possess the raw emotion, in lyrics and music, one would expect as the band members contemplated lives lost and familiar streets that were all but washed away.

But just as Cowboy Mouth has always done in the face of adversity, they shine light on better days sure to come, with “The Avenue” optimistically and defiantly declaring that “the parades will ride again,” and “Home,” making it known that they will all go back to “where the good times roll.” And fittingly, the latter is followed by “Glad to Be Alive,” a mercilessly upbeat pop number that puts to song what has become a Cowboy Mouth mantra: “Get your head out of your hands / Scream and shout like you were five / Are you glad to be alive?”

And indeed, Cowboy Mouth’s Fred LeBlanc, Jonathan Pretus, John Thomas Griffith and Regina Zernay are, as they've always said, glad to be alive, and glad to be in a band they call Cowboy Mouth—perhaps now more than ever. Because despite enduring what was no doubt been the band’s most trying year—and that’s saying a lot for a group that’s been going at it for more than a decade and a half now—the four have not only managed to survive, but they have thrived, and have never been prouder of the music they're making than they are now with their new album "Voodoo Shoppe."

Discography

Live DVD "The name of the band is Cowboy Mouth"
Voodoo Shoppe 2006
Live At The Zoo 2004
Uh Oh 2003
All You Need Is Live 2000
Easy 2000
Word of Mouth 1999
Cowboy Mouth Live (5 Song EP) 1998
Mercyland 1998
Are You With Me 1996
It Means Escape 1994

Set List

The typical set is 75 minutes of high energy original music. It changes every night. You will most likely here "Jenny Says", "Joe Strummer" and "Jill" in our sets, however, we play our most current material and mix it up every night with our older songs.

Joe Strummer
Jenny Says
Tell the Girl You're Sorry
Disconnected
Follow Me
Light It On Fire
Avenue
Watcha Gonna Do
Anything
Uh Oh
Kelly Ripa
Bad Girl
Man On The Run
Love of My Life
The Avenue
Supersonic
Better
Everybody Loves Jill
Can't Stay Here
Hole in My Heart
Ballad Of Cowboy Mouth
Drummer Man
Why Ya Wanna Do Me?