Paul Sanchez

Fans may know native New Orleanian Paul Sanchez as a founding member of the rock band Cowboy Mouth, with whom he has 11 albums; for his role in the HBO series TREME where he played himself; or as the creative force behind the musical NINE LIVES, a musical adaptation of the best-selling novel by Dan Baum. NINE LIVES follows the lives of nine people in New Orleans from 1965 (the year Hurricane Betsy ravaged the city) through 2005 (the year of Hurricane Katrina) and beyond.

Paul Sanchez transforms audiences with his unique blend of music and storytelling – at once powerful, sad, humorous, entertaining, and hopeful. Off Beat Magazine awarded Paul, Songwriter of the Year 2014, he won three Best of The Beat Awards n 2010: 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.

Paul & Leanne met through fate one night at a gig in Pittsburgh PA, and have been performing and writing together ever since. Paul introduced Leanne to New Orleans, and New Orleans has opened its hearts to her. Playing during Jazz Fest several times in 2017 & 2018, and collaborating on songs for Leanne’s “On the Inside” album, these two are in musical sync. 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 Irma Thomas, the Soul Queen of New Orleans. Paul resides in the Treme neighborhood, where he sings and breathes everything, New Orleans.

“Despite all of his generosity as a collaborator, in the end, Sanchez is alone with his guitar and ruminating about the fleeting nature of creativity and the precious, yes, magic that animates songcrafting.”
John Swenson – Off Beat Magazine

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