Versatile Rock 

Paul Sanchez, Tad Armstrong
Birdy’s Bar & Grill
Sunday, Feb. 25, 8:30 p.m., $7

After 16 years, releasing 11 albums and gaining millions of fans, Paul “Poppy” Sanchez left the Cowboy Mouth nest. Sanchez’s solo songs belie the party-rock sound of Cowboy Mouth; it is hard to reconcile the gentle, intimate voice you hear on his latest record with the supercharged rock sound of the band.

Sanchez doesn’t leave behind the sensibilities of his hometown, New Orleans. Rather, he sings of a life lived in a city that has certainly known its share of heartache, despair and celebration.

Touring in support of his seventh solo album, Between Friends, Sanchez’s aptly named CD is filled with songs written by him and sung by several of his musical friends, including Susan Cowsill, Darius Rucker and John Boutte.

Sanchez is a versatile songwriter, and his roots-folk sound lends itself to many venues; his music has appeared in the Jodie Foster film The Accused, on the Country Music Channel’s Travel America series and on NPR.

Indianapolis’ own balladeer Tad Armstrong will open the show Sunday at Birdy’s. Armstrong, also a multitalented musician, currently co-fronts the Benders, plays with Otis Gibbs and tours as a member of Susan Cowsill’s band. His solo EP, T minus One, (featuring his Middletown bandmates) is set for re-release soon.

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