With songwriting, usually I start with a title and I try to write around that title. Sometimes I will do stream of consciousness writing, where you close your eyes, visualize a scene, and try to describe it in a way that fits your melody.
Or sometimes I will start with a drum beat, because that gives me a feel, a groove. Those are really important. To me, if you don't have a groove or a feel, you are flying blind. - JTG
(photo: Alicia Reed)
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From last night's show at The Windjammer in Isle of Palms, South Carolina with Mark Daniel! Video courtesy of Helena Guest. Packed, craziness, nothing but fun! Doing it again tonight. Should be even nuttier! Tickets and details
"We always joke about one time when John (Griffith, Cowboy Mouth's lead guitarist) said, 'When I die, I don’t want to go to heaven. I want to go to the Windjammer," recalls LeBlanc with a chuckle. "I think it's one of the best venues to see music anywhere. There's not a bad line of sight and you're never far away from the sound or stage. And if you want to take a little beach break, it's right out the back door."
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SOMEBODY got a part time gig doing the Saturday morning shift at the New Orleans classic rock radio station, Bayou 95.7 - a little extra money and a lot of extra fun! My shift starts this Saturday morning, July 14, 8:00 am - 10:00 am central time. There's an app on their site that you can listen to me be silly on, if you choose. I think I'm gonna like this job a lot. It allows me to stir the pot a bit... and y'all know how I love that! - Fred
Q: There are two very different versions of "Man On The Run". There is the one on the album "Are You With Me?" that you play in concert with Cowboy Mouth, and then there is the version from your "Apples and Onions" solo album that you play in solo shows. Did you intentionally create that song to be so versatile?
JTG: No. I was trying to find a way to play it live, acoustically, by myself. And I just felt like strumming it really hard didn't hit the nerve like when the band plays it.
Years ago I went on an acoustic duo tour with Fred. I watched the way he took his songs and rearranged them, so that when he played acoustic, he did them a little bit differently. Not every song, but most of them.
I spent the whole second day of the tour in my hotel room rewriting everything in my set. I sat there all day and thought, "How can I redo this song? How can I make this more interesting? How can I make this more poignant?" I rearranged "Everybody Loves Jill", "Man On The Run", "I Know It Shows". It was a turning point in my acoustic life.
I guess with our music, with what we try to do with the show, is to let people know that it’s OK to lose your mind. It’s OK to be just as silly as you want to be. There aren’t many places in the world these days that allow you to do that. - Fred