Over the past twenty years, Cowboy Mouth has developed a loyal following and a fantastic reputation as a great live act, but for some reason, they haven’t made the 600 mile trek from New Orleans to Orlando in quite some time. On Friday night, they were back in The City Beautiful and entertained the packed House of Blues with a powerful set.
Led by their charismatic and energetic front man, Fred LeBlanc, they left the thousand fans in attendance hoarse, exhausted and thoroughly entertained. RARA’s Farm brought almost twenty fans, most of them CM-virgins, and most were thoroughly impressed by the performance. “The name of the band is…”
LeBlanc is an anomaly in the rock music scene. He’s a drummer who’s also the band’s front man. His drum kit is tight against the front of the stage and is stripped down a bit, providing better sight lines and allowing him to better connect with the crowd. It sure is different, but damn, it works well. LeBlanc just reeks of charisma and instantly connects with the crowd. There’s plenty of call and answer, sing-along and hand claps, as well as a handful of surprises, such as LeBlanc pulling a talented young teen out of the crowd to join him on drums for a song.
Their nearly two hour set featured twenty plus songs spanning their entire music library, including a few odes to their hometown New Orleans, most of their fan favorites, and a few tracks off of their new album, This Train. A few of the highlights included two covers, a crowd led rendition of Otis Redding’s classic “Amen” and “Sweet Child of Mine” featuring the vocals and lead guitar of Matt Jones.
John Thomas Griffith is the other original Cowboy Mouth band member, and is still hugely popular. He took lead vocals and dodged red spoons for the crowd favorite “Everybody Loves Jill,” and also dug deep in the band’s catalog for a fun version of “Here I Sit in Prison.” The band is rounded out by talented bassist Casandra Faulconer.
But, this band still revolves around the dynamic LeBlanc (read our review with Fred from earlier this year). He interacted with the crowd and had his ardent fans in the palm of his hand all night, as he offered up selections that spanned the band’s entire catalog, including “Easy,” “Disconnected,” “Take Me Back To New Orleans,” and their biggest hit “Jenny Says.” The highlight for me was a rousing version of the under-appreciated, “I Believe.”
For those of us in attendance, including RARA’s Farm’s band of first-timers, it was great dose of passionate, powerful rock ‘n roll from the talented band from The Big Easy. Hopefully, we’ll see them back in Orlando in the near future.
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