For over two decades, Cowboy Mouth has dished up its unique style of rock & rollgumbo, mixing a rowdy spirit reflective of the band's hometown -- New Orleans -- withthe fierce firepower of a group that lives on the road. These Louisiana natives haveplayed more than 2,500 concerts and launched their signature song, "Jenny Says,” intothe upper half of the Billboard rock charts. Above all else, they earned a well-deservedrep as a raucous, redemptive, live music experience.
Formed during the glory days of grunge music, Cowboy Mouth forged a different soundfrom the very start. It’s a sound rooted in rock, punk, blues, and the attitude of the BigEasy, a town known for its week-long parties and swampy, southern vibe. BandleaderFred LeBlanc, who'd previously sharpened his teeth with the punk band Dash Rip Rock,pulls double-duty as the group's frontman and drummer, leading the charge with hislarger-than-life personality and percussive attack. During the band’s early days, recordcompanies warned him against singing and drumming at the same time, claiming thataudiences would never go for it... but by the mid-'90s, those same record companieswere clamoring to sign the band to a major-label deal.
In other words, in a decade filled with angsty alt-rock, Cowboy Mouth stood out for allthe right reasons.
The band released its original music with MCA Records, then Atlantic Records. Oncethe 2000s kicked into gear, the band released music on its own label, cutting out themiddleman and focusing on the biggest thing that's kept Cowboy Mouth afloat since1990: the audience.
"Cowboy Mouth isn't so much about the people onstage as it is about the feeling in thecrowd," says LeBlanc.
The people onstage certainly help, though. Since the band’s inception, LeBlanc hasshared that stage with guitarist John Thomas Griffith. Now backed by bandmates MattJones on guitar and Brian Broussard on bass, LeBlanc and Griffith have led CowboyMouth on a wild, critically-acclaimed ride, selling more than 500,000 albumsdomestically, playing shows with artists like Bo Diddley (whose bluesy, beat-drivenmusic has always been a big influence on Cowboy Mouth's own sound), and performingin front of more than 9 million fans.
Go!, the band's newest album, is proof that Cowboy Mouth hasn't lost its bite. It's themost collaborative album of the group's career, performed with ferocity by a group ofrock & roll veterans who've been there, done that... and can't wait to do it all again. "I'mjust a little older, but I ain't dead yet!" LeBlanc sings during the very first song, kicking offa record that's steeped in the ageless energy of the band's live shows.
Cowboy Mouth’s music lives in concert with its loyal fans! Fred’s raw and engagingperformance style has played ring leader to the audience for decades.
"Our shows are celebratory, life-affirming experiences," LeBlanc says proudly. "Withevery show, no matter where it is, we try to turn it into New Orleans during the middle ofMardi Gras. It's an unique live concert experience. It's like a southern gospel revivalwithout the religion."
Over the years, an estimated 9 million people would agree. We hope to see you all outon the road!