Paul Sanchez - Farewell To Storyville

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From Paul: "My most recent release is Farewell To Storyville on Threadhead Records. Thirteen songs of just me strumming and telling stories like I've done all over the world and have been doing since I was a boy. It's a look back, not just at the last few years but at a life, my life."

Paul Sanchez grew up in New Orleans.

Born across the street from the Mississippi River on Tchoupitoulas & Soraparu in a part of the city referred to as the Irish Channel. He was raised on First and Constance by his mother Sylvia who's strength earned her the nickname "Rock" from her family. It was a working class Catholic neighborhood populated with hard working, hard living, hard drinking and fun loving German, Italian and Irish immigrants. His father, Joe "Black" Sanchez was Isleno from Delacroix Island in Louisiana who had come to New Orleans as a boy after the flood of 1927 where he met Syl and fathered eleven children, working double shifts as a longshoremen until he died, a young man with a big family.

To look at Paul Sanchez, you just know he is from New Orleans. and when he takes to stage there is no doubt the man is New Orleans in his heart. It’s evident. It’s clear. It’s remarkably, unmistakably original New Orleans music he plays, paradoxically familiar and new.

His new release, Farewell To Storyville, again on Threadhead Records is Sanchez stripped down to the bone. Strumming his guitar and telling stories as he has done on stages all over the world. Having worked with and learned so much from the great jazz and brass band players in the city these last few years, Sanchez went in to the studio alone with those influences and just his songs and guitar. Paul says, " Exit To Mystery Street had a big band on it, I was in shock, more frozen by the events of the last few years then I knew at the time and I needed the support and community as I began to begin again. Stew Called New Orleans felt like me, John Boutte, and a couple of friends hanging out. I was healing but still reeling and needed the company".

On Farewell To Storyville, it feels like the end of Paul's journey home, the third set of songs released in his personal trilogy on the road to redemption. The new release contains eleven originals and the title track, Farewell To Storyville, written by the great, Louisiana born song writer, Clarence Williams. As Sanchez turns 50 this November this release isn't just a look back at the years since the flood, it is a look back at a life. The loss of parents, search for love, the lessons and the laughs along the way. A Farewell To Storyville as he knew it.

His release last spring on Threadhead Records, his first duo record with friend and long time collaborator John Boutte', "Stew Called New Orleans", represents the years of friendship as well as the cultural and musical influences they have had on each other. The eleven songs feature nine new songs written by Boutte' and Sanchez. The cover art, Marigny Girl was a gift to John and Paul from Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick who came to town for the art event, Prospect One in October 2008 and has fallen in love with the music, characters and romance of the city.

Paul's first book has been released, also on Threadhead Records. A collection of essays about life, music and love in the new New Orleans. Begun as a series of blog's chronicling Sanchez's return to New Orleans after the flood. "What I lost in the flood was my stuff, what I found since then is my life". "Pieces of Me" is now available on Threadhead Records.

Paul's first band was The Backbeats, along with Vance DeGeneres, (The Cold, The Daily Show), Steve Walters (The Normals), John Herbert, (checkout his 07" CD "Cannonball"), and a drummer he was to encounter again in his career named Fred. The band broke up when Vance took off for Los Angeles and a career in comedy and Paul moved to New York City.

Arriving in the Manhattan in the mid-eighties, Paul refined his art in the flourishing “anti-folk" scene in the East Village where he befriended artists Michelle Shocked, John S. Hall and Roger Manning, This scene of songwriters, poets, performance artists and eccentrics had a lasting impact on his song writing which is audible still. Paul returned home to New Orleans in the early ‘90s to form Cowboy Mouth along with John Thomas Griffith, (Red Rockers), Paul Clement, (Woodenhead), and his old drummer from the Backbeats, Fred LeBlanc.(Dash Rip Rock).

Sanchez chose the name of the band after a play he was reading at the time by Sam Shepard, Cowboy Mouth, about the transforming power of rock n' roll. "Clem" left after six months and was replaced by former Backbeat bassist, Steve Walters,(The Normals), who left after recording the band's first two indie releases. Rob Savoy, (The Bluerunners), became the band's third bass player just before the Mouth signed their first major label deal with MCA. The Mouth's popularity and ambitious touring schedule kept Paul on the road for most of 16 years, through a fourth bass player, Mary Lasseigne, and a fifth one, Sonia Tetlow, (HERMAN PUT DOWN THE GUN).

Though he contributed greatly to the band’s catalogue and success, his desire to make music that was closer to his heart and better demonstrated his talent as a singer/songwriter led to a solo career that paralleled his day job as he recorded seven solo albums, (Jet Black And Jealous, Wasted Lives & Bluegrass, Loose Parts, Sonoma Valley, Live At Carrollton Station, Hurricane Party, Between Friends), while performing his duties in the band.

When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast and New Orleans was flooded, Paul was in the recording studio. Attempting to process the extent of the losses he wrote a powerful post-Katrina tribute, “Home”, which was featured in the Starz documentary New Orleans Music in Exile.

When being interviewed by Ellen Degeneres on her talk show the year after the flood, Paul was asked by Ellen what he loved about New Orleans and he replied, " well, I'm pretty sure we invented a good time so if you ever had one...).

His music has also appeared on the television series "Homicide: Life on the Street" . In the films , The Accused , (starring Jodie Foster, ), Steven Soderbergh's Underneath, the independent film At Last, which Tom Anton wrote and directed, (starring Martin Donovan and Kelly Lynch). In the movie Paul appears onscreen with legendary New Orleans singer John Boutte' performing the song "Foot of Canal Street", which they wrote together. He served as musical supervisor for the film. "Hurricane Party" from his 2000 release of the same name is featured at the film's end credits and during storm season on NPR. 2009 sees the release of the short film, "The Not Goods Movie:This Is Absolutely Not Good, An hilariously funny rock/mockumentary about the rise and fall of "one of the greatest unknown rock bands ever" directed by New Orleanian, John Sanchez. Paul has a small role as "legendary" record producer Paul-o Not Good and served as the film's music supervisor.

Further contributing to his song writing resume' is the inclusion of the Boutte'/Sanchez song, "Foot Of Canal Street", on the critically acclaimed Shout! Factory New Orleans musical-history boxed-set, "Doctors - Professors - Kings & Queens a Big Ol' Box Of New Orleans". The song appears on the disc after Jelly Roll Morton's "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say", prompting Paul's New Orleans born mom to comment when she saw it that he had "finally made it up there with the Big Boys".

2008 also saw the re-release of a rewritten version of the title cut of Paul's first solo release "Jet Black & Jealous", originally released in 1992. The Eli Young Band made the song the title cut of their major label debut on Universal/Republic. "Jet Black and Jealous" made it's debut at number 5 on the Billboard Country Album Charts in September 2008. It has been in the charts throughout 2009.

Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner produced his 2008 release of new material, "Exit To Mystery Street", ( Threadheads Records), the title track was written by Paul and screen writer Colman deKay.

In 2008 Paul made his first appearance on a jazz record singing "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans" on SHAMARR ALLEN's debut release, "Meet Me On Frenchmen Street".

When he does play with a band, Paul Sanchez and The Rolling Road Show ,(check them out at, (www.youtube.com/paulsanchezmusic), it is a celebration of New Orleans music, communication and letting the good times roll. Each member of the band sings and plays their own songs as well as Paul's. The band is made up of Paul's favorite performers around the city, which include the many different styles, (rock, brass band, funk, folk, gospel and jazz), and is a real coming together of New Orleans musical community.

Continuing to work with his favorite performers in New Orleans he co-wrote "Walking Through Heaven's Gate" with Glen David Andrews. It is the title cut of gospel album released by Glen on Threadhead Records at the start of 2009 on which Paul also plays guitar in Glen's band. Walking Through Heaven's Gate has been reviewed in Billboard Magazine and The New York Times.

One of the most exciting young trumpet players to come out of New Orleans since the flood is Shamarr Allen. Allen just released his second disc on Threadhead Records, Box Who In? Paul co-wrote a song with Shamarr for the release called, Real Bad Habit, assisting Allen in making his rock debut on disc much as Shamarr had done when he invited Paul to sing on his first release, Meet Me On Frenchmen Street. Shamarr spent much of 2009 touring with Willie Nelson and played trumpet on Willie's next record. Shamarr and Paul begin work on a duo release for Fall 09'.

Also coming this Fall, Shamarr Allen and Paul team up for a duo project called, Bridging The Gap.

Paul resides in the Treme' section of New Orleans now. He continues to write, sing, live and breathe New Orleans.

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released October 6, 2009

PERSONNEL
Paul Sanchez - vocals, guitars
Ryan "Owl" Dwyer - vocals
Debbie Davis - vocals
John Sanchez/ George Sanchez, vocals
Baby Face Lady Man - trumpet
Chris Wahnsiedler - bass

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Track Name: Knives To Grind
Knives To Grind
Paul Sanchez

knives to grind, knives to grind
knives to grind, knives to grind

knives to grind I got knives to grind
butter knives, steak knives, silver so fine
I'll sharpen 'em well, that's what I sell

knives to grind, knives to grind
knives to grind, knives to grind

Papa they call me, Papa's my name
got fifteen children all look the same
but other people too call me papa they do

knives to grind, knives to grind
knives to grind, knives to grind

thirty years now for thirty odd years
I been sharpening knives for the people 'round here
one day soon I'm gonna fly to the moon

knives to grind, knives to grind
knives to grind, knives to grind

one day I'll wake up a little too late
be sharpening knives up at the pearly gates
St. Peter and Jesus saying, "Papa you please us"

knives to grind, knives to grind
knives to grind, knives to grind
Track Name: I Dreamed I Saw My Father
I Dreamed I Saw My Father
Paul Sanchez

I dreamed I saw my father some forty years gone by
he did not recognize the son who'd come to say good-bye
he was alive and breathing as anyone can be
but I had grown into a man he did not speak to me

I dreamed I saw my father forgotten through the years
I dreamed his love taught pain this song that's ringing in my ears
but when I tried to sing to him he only showed surprise
he looked at me unknowingly behind a stranger's eyes

I dreamed I saw my father convicted of a crime
his sentence read aloud was simply love not chained to time
but I knew how he would answer this I knew he'd only laugh
then waking up I realized I only knew a photograph

I dreamed I saw my father finally standing with his wife
and then I dreamed I was a child in a past that's full of life
Track Name: Farewell To Storyville
Farewell To Storyville
Clarence Williams

All, you old-time queens, from New Orleans, who lived in Storyville
You sang the blues, try to amuse, here's how they pay the bill
The law step-in and call it sin to have a little fun
The police car has made a stop and Storyville is done
Pick out your steamboat, pick yourself a train
- a slo-ow train
Pick out your steamboat, pick yourself a train
- a slo-ow train
They made you close-up they'll never let you back
- won't let you back
Go buy your ticket or else you walk the track

No use complaining, blue sky's folow rain
- the cold-old rain
No use complaining, blue sky's folow rain
- the cold-old rain
Just say farewell now and get your one last thrill
- your one last thrill
Just say farewell now, farewell to Storyville

No use complaining, blue sky's folow rain
- the cold-old rain
Just say farewell now, farewell to Storyville

Just say farewell now and get your one last thrill
- your one last thrill
Just say farewell now, farewell to Storyville
Track Name: Falling With Nowhere To Land
Falling With Nowhere To Land
Paul Sanchez

I feel like something from the flood you didn't leave behind or lose
but really don't have much use for anymore
with your baseball collection your dresses and your shoes
you simply turned and left them lying on the floor

still there was you and me hand in hand
strangers in our own home town and falling
falling with nowhere to land
falling with nowhere to land

you were the stronger one the brave one my hero
you went out into the world and made a life
while I kept getting tossed kept getting lost among the waves that seem invisible to other people's eyes

still there was you and me hand in hand
strangers in our own home town and falling
falling with nowhere to land
falling with nowhere to land

I just want to hold you in my arms and let the whole world disappear
I just want to lay there touch your hair
just to know you're here
I just want to know you're here

I remember spending every second stretching moments
into hours stretching hours into days
now it seems we see each other passing we keep laughing
but I'm with you now more sleeping then awake

that's when it's you and me I still take your hand
but I'm a stranger in my own house I'm still falling
falling with nowhere to land
falling with nowhere to land
I'm still falling with nowhere to land
I'm still falling with nowhere to land
Track Name: Mota, Mota, Mota
Mota, Mota, Mota
Alonzo Flota/Paul Sanchez

mota mota mota tienen mis amigos
donde esta la mota para mi
es verdadamente aqui' es mota excellente
donde esta la mota para mi?

dice porque' no tengo dinero
dice porque no trabajo
pero me gusto reir por nada
cuando yo fumo

mota mota mota tienen mis amigos
donde esta la mota para mi?

un poco de la noche mas vez de la manana
donde esta la mota para mi?
es verdadamente aqui' es mota excellente
donde esta la mota para mi?

dice porque' no tengo dinero
dice porque no trabajo
pero me gusto reir por nada
cuando yo fumo

mota mota mota tienen mis amigos
donde esta la mota para mi?

mota mota mota tienen mis amigos
donde esta la mota para mi?
Track Name: Mean Dark Rain
Mean Dark Rain
Tom Lavie/Paul Sanchez

It was a mean dark rain that fell again last night
It was a mean dark rain that fell again last night
I want to tell you something
but I need to put it to you just right

Your old man is lonely sitting here by the phone
your old man is waiting sitting here all alone
that cat don't scratch and that dog can't find a bone

you see I drove across Georgia straight through Tenn.
you see I drove across Georgia straight through Tenn.
been on the road so long
don't know where I'm supposed to be

You're on my time now don't tell me what to do
you're on my time now baby don't tell me what to do
of course I've been drinking 'cause I'm sick and tired of you
Track Name: How Sad You Look Naked
How Sad You Look Naked
Caleb Guillote/Paul Sanchez

my imagination sags to your knees
it's midnight and I'm a little tucked
your vanity lies and I don't know why
but gravity just won't comply

now I see how sad you look naked
I repeat how sad you look naked
can't believe how sad you look naked
how sad you look naked

a mirror's no place for you to be
if you don't want to see the truth
there's wrinkles and cracks and a pain in my back
as you bare your teeth set to attack

now I see how sad you look naked
I repeat how sad you look naked
can't believe how sad you look naked
how sad you look naked

people ask me if i hate you
it don't do them any good
'cause all I answer is if I gave you
any thought I guess I would

now I'm dressing with a trace of regret
as I suspected your bragging was lies
you made a mistake I've had all I can take
with your clothes off I see that your faking

now I see how sad you look naked
I repeat how sad you look naked
can't believe how sad you look naked
how sad you look naked
Track Name: Breaking My Back Up Front For You Baby
Breaking my Back Up Front For You Baby
Paul Sanchez

the sticky Crescent City summer slays the tourist trade
and Pork Chop don't tap dance no more on the hot streets of Dumaine
yes and even the Magic Bead Lady would've sold her beads indoors
wish on them wish on her but don't wish on me no more

'cause I'm breaking my back up front for you baby
breaking my back up front for you now
breaking my back up front for you baby
and you don't care

hot New Orleans horror stories float the Vieux Carre'
of gutter punks Dumpsta Funk and watching the parades
yes and lazy dreaming lives that drift directionless away
of holding on of wanting more of sinners turned to saints

and of breaking my back up front for you baby
breaking my back up front for you now
breaking my back up front for you baby
and you don't care

the clock on the wall the iron shop next door
I hated to leave behind those creaking boards
but I gave it all away to do
things I knew I had to do
and I hardly missed the easy life at all

now I feel mosquitoes swarming on my arms and on my face
so I flee the Mississippi mud for North/Northeastern states
because Pork Chop's dead and buried in a beggar's grave for two
you wouldn't know to look at me but I died begging too

and I'm breaking my back up front for you baby
breaking my back up front for you now
breaking my back up front for you baby
and you don't care

breaking my back up front for you baby
I just had to come back to this town
breaking my back up front for you baby
and you don't care
Track Name: Tears Were Falling Down
Tears Were Falling Down
Paul Sanchez

we all said good-bye today
everyone but you
'cause you were lying there asleep
in the middle of the room

falling falling tears were falling down
falling falling tears were falling down

the snow was white the sky was grey
I was far from home
but my brothers and my sisters gathered
you were not alone

falling falling tears were falling down
falling falling tears were falling down

and all I had to give to you was music in the end
there were things we left unsaid but I sang all of them
good-bye again

I called home to brother John
asked him how it was
and in the background I could hear
stories laughs and love

falling falling tears were falling down
falling falling tears were falling down

falling falling tears were falling down
falling falling tears were falling down
Track Name: Walked In The Club With Twenties
Walked In The Club With Twenties
Edie McClurg/Paul Sanchez

walked in the club with twenties
came home with ones
walked in the nightclub my pockets stuffed full of twenties
came home with nothing but ones
'cause when my baby wants to go stepping out
you know a girl just got to have fun
so I walked in the club with twenties
came home with ones

baby likes tipping the bartender
me I get to tipping the band
she takes my wallet away from me
to buy drinks for all of her friends
she got an appetite for appetizers
a habit for steak but baby give me a break
you know I walked in the club with twenties
came home with ones

walked in the club with twenties
came home with ones
walked back home at about four twenty
me and my baby sure had us some fun
she's always funny I'm mostly wrong
we got no money but we write this song
walked in the club with twenties
came home with ones
came home with ones
walked in the club with twenties
came home with nothing but ones
Track Name: A Moment Thing
A Moment Thing
John Sanchez

we all want perfection in a bottle
life made to order
relationships that never falter
truth is
all relations falter to some extent
lasting relationships
are the ones that look past the problems
and work through the present
in order to create a future
why am I telling you this now?
because
I love you
isn't a moment thing
Track Name: Brothers
Brothers
Joe Sanchez/Paul Sanchez

keep in touch it means so much
if not to you then others
for what a bleak and wasteful trip
if not shared with my brothers