Our MNOJ house concert series resumes! Pot-luck, pass-the-hat, yinz know the drill by now. Come see the bard of New Orleans up close and personal. VERY limited capacity, since this will almost certainly be indoors.
Fans may know Paul Sanchez as a founding member of the rock band Cowboy Mouth having played with the band from 1990 to 2006, for his role in the HBO series TREME where he played himself, or as the creative force behind the musical, story NINE LIVES.
Native New Orleanian Paul Sanchez, was born in the blue-collar Irish Channel across the street from the Mississippi River. It was thanks to Trinity Episcopal School’s program to help the under privileged kids from his neighborhood that his career was launched playing The Artful Dodger in a summer day camp performance of OLIVER. By the time he was twelve, his brother, Andrew, was teaching Paul to play guitar. His first experience with organized music was watching his older siblings march with drum and bugle corps. Soon Paul was playing xylophone with such gusto that his ears began to ring.
Paul Sanchez began writing songs and playing his first professional shows in the French Quarter before he turned sixteen. By the 1980’s, Paul was an established part of the New Orleans rock scene, playing in The Backbeats along with Vance DeGeneres , another native New Orleanian.
He lived in New York City in the late 80’s and was part of the now legendary Anti-Folk scene in the East Village.
Today Paul Sanchez defies categories and is noted as an actor, songwriter, singer, producer, writer and musician, with 11 solo cds under his belt and another 11 Cds as a member of Cowboy Mouth.
In January of 2010 Off Beat Magazine awarded Paul three Best Of The Beat Awards: Songwriter of The Year, Best Song Of The Year, Best Folk/Rock Album for Stew Called New Orleans, his duet record with friend and collaborator John Boutte. In April of that same year Gambit Weekly awarded him Best Roots Rock Performer at The Big Easy Awards.
Primarily a songwriter Sanchez has written songs for Darius Rucker of Hootie and The Blowfish, had a song in the country charts which was recorded by The Eli Young Band, and a song covered by childhood idol Irma Thomas the Soul Queen of New Orleans.
Paul resides in the Treme neighborhood, he still lives sings and breathes New Orleans.