Jun 3, 2020
When one of the biggest music stars on the planet says your band is one of the last he’d want opening a show for him – you might be a bit upset. Unless, of course, he meant it as a compliment. And that is exactly what Rob Thomas (and other headliners) have said of Cowboy Mouth, one of the most electric live acts performing over the past 30 years. Founded in the early 1990s, Cowboy Mouth was (and remains) a New Orleans mainstay, but its smash hit “Jenny Says” became part of the soundtrack of the mid-90s and put the band on the national stage where it remains one of the most thrilling acts on the road today. As a resident of New Orleans for five years, I’ve seen Cowboy Mouth’s high-octane show live perhaps more than any other band – and it is a remarkably electric performance. So it was a thrill to welcome founder, lead singer and drummer Fred LeBlanc – whose center-stage theatrics drive Cowboy Mouth’s energy-filled live performances. We discuss the band, his career, being sidelined by the coronavirus and more on episode 7 of The Load Out.