Not So Big Easy

Cowboy Mouth gets down with the upbeat

"Joe Ely," LeBlanc explains, "was just somebody who didn't follow the rules or limit himself. He didn't stick to a certain musical genre and say, 'This is where I fit.' I've never really thought that music should have to fit anywhere. You've got a lot of bands who play in a certain style. They just keep playing it and playing it and playing it until it clicks with the public and they get a hit record. I got nothing against that, but I look at Cowboy Mouth as something we're all trying to bring a lot to and trying to grow with. We do some funk, we do some punk, we do rhythm 'n' blues, we do a little country. It's definitely not what you'd expect from a New Orleans band. It's not the Neville Brothers or Rebirth Brass Band, but there are elements of that in us, because you can't lose that stuff. I like to think I'm as influenced by Aaron Neville as I am by [Green Day's] Billie Joe Armstrong."

Cowboy Mouth: Yes, that's Vance Degeneres on the right.
Cowboy Mouth: Yes, that's Vance Degeneres on the right.


Wednesday, January 10. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15. Call 954-564-1047, or visit
Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale.

Collectively, the members of Cowboy Mouth have experience with major-label hits. (The lineup now also includes bassist Sonia Tetlow and guitarist Vance Degeneres, Ellen's brother, former Daily Show correspondent, and a longtime friend of the band who played in the Backbeats with LeBlanc and Sanchez in the '80s and is replacing Sanchez for the tour.) Though he isn't shy about describing the band's experiences on MCA and Atlantic, the band's former labels, he shrugs them off, emphasizing that Cowboy Mouth is now putting out records in "a situation we can control" and "having a good life."

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