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Cowboy Mouth at the Magic Bag, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Cowboy Mouth has started its next 25 years.

The New Orleans group, founded and fronted by singer-drummer Fred LeBlanc and guitarist John Thomas Griffith, has released a dozen albums, best known for its 1992 hit “Jenny Says.” Meanwhile, for 2016’s “The Name Of The Band Is...,” the current incarnation of the quartet re-recorded a selection of Cowboy Mouth favorites along with three new songs.

And, LeBlanc promises, there will be more material coming in the future...

• Cowboy Mouth’s 25th anniversary last year passed largely without comment. “I don’t really think about that end of it too much, the past,” LeBlanc says by phone. “I just keep going. That’s my nature. Quite honestly I didn’t think we’d last a month, so it’s like, ‘Oh, OK, we’ve been doing this 25 years? Cool. Now what?’ -- not to be flippant or anything, and I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved. John wanted to do something for the anniversary, and I was like, ‘Let’s cross that bridge when we come to it,’ and we never came to it.”

• LeBlanc says Cowboy Mouth considered making “The Name Of The Band Is...” a more conventional best-of album but settled on a more ambitious plan. “We went back and listened to a lot of the older versions, like ‘Jenny Says,’ and I was proud of it but it seemed a little antiseptic being that the band is known for a hellacious live show,” LeBlanc says. “It just seemed like sonically there wasn’t a lot of consistency. I felt like, ‘Man, I wish I could take a shot at this again,’ and I thought the band is really kickin’, so what if we take another crack at these songs, just for posterity. We gave it a shot and it turned out really, really, really good.”

• LeBlanc and company are, of course, rooting for their home town New Orleans Saints in this year’s NFL playoffs. But the frontman says he doesn’t live or die by what the team does on the field. “I go way back with the Saints,” he explains, “but the fact I can say, ‘Hey, the Saints won the Super Bowl’ without busting out in laughter is enough. People get so bent out of shape, and I’m like, ‘Guys, we have a Super Bowl championship. You can never take that away from us. Enjoy the games,’ y’know? If we have a great season this year, possibly get to the Super Bowl, whatever happens, I’m just gonna enjoy it. “

If You Go:

• Cowboy Mouth

• Friday, Jan. 12. Doors open at 8 p.m.

• The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale.

• Tickets are $20.

• Call 248-544-1991 or visit themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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