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.   Continue reading “Q & A with Fred LeBlanc, leader of the band Cowboy Mouth”

Rozz Tox rocks in Rock Island

Three bands displayed their talents in downtown Rock Island on Sept. 17 amidst storms and sirens.

Rozz Tox, a small cafe/ bar, is located next to Rooster’s on 3rd Avenue. The Last Glimpse, Model Stranger, and The Candymakers wowed the crowd with their music.

The Last Glimpse was the first band to perform. The Rock Island based band is, as guitarist/vocalist Jeffrey Loder said, “Original music, emotion, texture, crushing sound firmly rooted in 90’s alternative.”

They got their start when vocalist/guitarist Steve Krug had been recording a solo project when Loder was a producer. After deciding to try to work together, they recruited drummer Dave Hughes and bassist Dayne Burton. More recently, they played a benefit at Rascals on Oct. 3 for their friend Chicken Boy.

You can catch The Last Glimpse at RIBCO (Rock Island County Brewing Company) on Oct. 28 when they play a Smashing Pumpkins tribute. That show will start around 9 PM.

The next act to hit the stage was Chicago-native Model Stranger, who was last in the Quad Cities on Feb. 19 at RME. This time, however, the band had a full cast as compared to the February show, which was part of the Imitation Act Tour. The Imitation Act Tour was in conjunction with the release of their EP Imitation Act.

Model Stranger is self-described as “psychedelic grunge”. They draw inspiration from Tom Petty to Pearl Jam. During the show, the drums lit up during some songs.

Model Stranger will be onstage at WIU-Macomb campus at 9:30 on Oct. 30 for the college’s Halloween party. Vocalist Stephen Francis attended WIU. The following night, the band will be in their home of Chicago at The Elbo Room at 8 PM for the 6th annual Elbo Room Halloween Party.

The final act of the night was The Candymakers, who are, as their facebook says, “funk/soul/blues, Rock n’ Soul music”. The band won the Iowa Blues Challenge in 2011. They’ve released two CDS’, the first in February 2012 and the second – titled Ridiculicious – in September 2014.

The band’s next show is Oct. 9 at Lefty’s in Des Moines at 9PM. There is a $5 cover charge to see them and Cedar County Cobras.

You can check out all three bands on their websites at thelastglimpse.com, modelstranger.com, and thecandymakers.com. You can buy merchandise as well as music on their sites.

Contributed by Guest Reporter Anna Headley

A sit-down with Lewis Knudsen

The Lewis Knudsen Band (LKB) released their second CD, The Way of Most Resistance, at River Music Experience (RME) on July 23, to the delight of local fans. Last summer their debut album, Joy, Pain, Love, Songs, was released at the same locale. Continue reading “A sit-down with Lewis Knudsen”

Model Stranger Grunge

Soundcheck! Who’s got a hat for tips? Where’s the band? Model Stranger began their Imitation Act Tour in the Quad Cities, kicking off their ten-stop tour on the River Music Experience Community at Falbo Bros Pizzeria in Davenport. While it was a small crowd, the people were happy to see the band on Feb. 19. Continue reading “Model Stranger Grunge”