It has been said that on a bad night Cowboy Mouth can do no less than then blow the roof off, and on a good night they’ll save your soul. That’s as true in 2020 as it was when they first burst out of New Orleans in 1990 and tickled the Top 40 with “Jenny Says”. The song helped propel the band onto the national club and festival scene- cementing Cowboy Mouth’s place as one of the most powerful, durable, and consistently entertaining rock and roll bands on the circuit. They’ve been in the saddle for thirty years and have played over 3,500 shows. Fred, John, Brian and Matt have not withered like saplings; they’re mighty oaks now.
A new EP titled Open Wide arrives today. Five songs ranging from head-knocking rock and roll, funky riffage and a good old-time sad country song. On said opus, they’ve taken John Denver’s ‘Thank God I’m a Country Boy’, extracted all of Denver’s obvious punk tendencies and brought them to the fore like the madmen they are. (Jason & the Scorchers would be proud.) “Oh Toulouse!” is the story of a relationship through the eyes of the major painter with little in the way of legs. Fred LeBlanc says “I was in France and saw his name on a street sign – it’s a singable name – and it blossomed with a really good rock-funk riff.” (What other rock band gives you a celebration of a 19th Century post-impressionist? You don’t get that from Nickelback.) And then you have the surf-beat of “Kiss the Baby”, followed by “King of the World” which Fred calls “a punk rock sermon.” The sad cry in your beer country of “The Last Sad Song” winds up the collection like turning out the lights and pulling down the curtains on a fantastic and wide-ranging collection of new Cowboy Mouth. With thousands of shows under their belt and at least a million to go, Open Wide will be in the vast catalogue that Cowboy Mouth plays every night like their lives depended on it. Give it a listen.
“Open Wide is a blast, echoing sheer energy and the truest form of rock ‘n’ roll heard in a while.”- American Songwriter
“King of the World is full-bore Cowboy Mouth bash ‘n’ pop, bristling with slash-and-burn guitar riffs, a good ol’ fashioned guitar solo and a key assist from Broussard’s bass.”- Keith Spera, Times Picayune
“Open Wide is a high-energy grab-bag of funk-rock, rock and roll, and country rock.”- BlogCritics