Q & A with Fred LeBlanc, leader of the band Cowboy Mouth


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Fred LeBlanc, leader of Cowboy Mouth, at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois.

Cowboy Mouth is a rock band that, according to their website, incorporates punk, blues, and their New Orleans roots into their music. With loads of entertaining crowd interaction and a high level of energy with every performance, Cowboy Mouth is truly one of the best live shows you will ever see.  

Cowboy Mouth is headed by Fred LeBlanc, who is lead vocalist and drummer. What’s unique about that is LeBlanc plays the drums as he sings, something rare in the music scene. He also incorporates a lot of interaction with the audience into his performances, making for a truly exciting concert that fans want to attend again and again, because every concert is different.

On August 26, I attended a Cowboy Mouth concert at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. The concert was a blast, and I got the chance to meet all the band members and interview LeBlanc before the group’s  performance. Below are the questions I asked him, and his answers.

EB: “When did you first start mixing your singing with your drumming?”

FLB: “It’s always come to me. It all came to me at once.”

EB: “That’s amazing.”

FLB: “Thank you. I was very lucky. The old story is that I was born deaf because of some deformities in my ear, and they couldn’t operate on me because my lungs weren’t fully  developed. So, my folks laid my head on stereo speakers when I was a child in order to get me to hear something, and I could actually sing before I could talk. At least that’s what my family always told me.

And so when they fixed my hearing when I was three, it was like it all just kind of came back easily.

EB: “That’s really interesting. So what inspired you to begin your music? Who would you consider your biggest inspiration?”

FLB: “Oh, I don’t know. It’s always just been in there. It’s something I kind of knew I was going to do. If I didn’t do it, I wouldn’t be happy, I’ll put it that way. I could’ve done other things– you know, I was going to be a commercial artist when I was a kid, because I could draw. And my parents thought that would be a “respectable” career.”

EB: “I want to be a writer, so I know how that feels.”

FLB: “Oh, yeah, I know, I do too. But, see, I noticed that every time I finished a picture, people would say, ‘Well, that’s nice.’ Every time I finished a song, people would be like, ‘That’s awesome!’ You know, girls would come around, and I’m like, ‘I like this job better. This job’s better.’”

EB: “There you go! That’s awesome. Do you have any favorite moments when you’ve performed live?”

FLB: “Always.”

EB: “Any favorite shows?”

FLB: “The next one.”

EB: “I’m looking forward to it.”

FLB: “Me too. This should be interesting.”

EB: “The last question is did you get your instruments back in Memphis? The ones that were stolen?”

FLB: “No, we did not. But, fortunately, we have insurance. So, you know, it should all work out. We’re working on that now. I was really surprised by all the good will. It was around the country, everybody knew and said, ‘I’m so sorry.’ That was really great.”

EB: “That’s really inspiring.”

FLB: “Yeah. It was really nice to know that people care that much. Sometimes you forget. You forget that what you do does have an effect on people, even if you don’t realize it.”

EB: “Yeah. That’s one thing I love about this band, it just brings everybody together. It’s just really cool– I love it.”

I will post again with more background of Cowboy Mouth and the concert I attended, so be sure to keep on the lookout.

To hear some of Cowboy Mouth’s music, feel free to click on the following links:

“Jenny Says”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mm0KFOq9ag.

“Disconnected”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnMH9ko6EI.

“Everybody Loves Jill”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlcIJWWLbEk.

Author: Elodie R. Bouwens

I am currently in my second year at Black Hawk College. I'm a 2016 graduate of Geneseo High School. Besides writing, I love to walk long distance (goal is 20+ miles), bake, watch The Walking Dead, and read. I absolutely love to write, and I'm excited to write for the Chieftain. If you have any ideas for a topic or story, feel free to contact me at ebouwens@mymail.bhc.edu.

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