Web-special: Opening your Cowboy Mouth 

Cowboy Mouth
Music Mill
Thursday, Feb. 8, 8:30 p.m., $20

Cowboy Mouth is one of those bands whose longevity is a sight to behold and a testament to its members’ tenacity and ability to weather the stormy mistress that is rock and roll. For over 15 years, the group has existed as a working band while being consistently in between trends — missing out on mainstream success time and time again.

Cowboy Mouth has its roots in New Orleans, though its sound barely reflects the rich musical culture of the Big Easy. Fronted dually by Paul Sanchez and Fred LeBlanc, two singer-songwriters that have been performing and making a go at the music business since the mid-’80s, the band has trudged through some heartache over the years. Twice being dropped from major label contracts, Cowboy Mouth has continued on without changing much since its inception.

In 2006, Cowboy Mouth dropped its 11th studio recording with “Voodoo Shoppe.” The album is a fair representation of what the band has been doing its whole career, which is a fairly typical blend of alternative-fueled guitar rock and rootsy punk. Cowboy Mouth actually sounds an awful lot like 40-year olds playing Fall Out Boy as a tongue-in-cheek joke. Delivering that sound without the pretensions of youthful pop-punkers, Cowboy Mouth is a lot easier to stomach.

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