Music Scene: Cowboy Mouth, It Looks Sad.

Cowboy Mouth

Very few bands stand the test of time, most break up after a few years, usually because of the strenuous demands of the road.

It’s a hard life to settle into. You’re always moving; you’re always tired; you’re usually broke; and it begins to get more and more difficult to picture what your friends and family look like.

The road, for all intents and purposes, breaks most bands.

So the idea that Cowboy Mouth is in its 23rd year of bringing its original concoction of New Orleans-spiced rock ’n’ roll to a global audience is difficult to comprehend.

What’s even more astonishing is how well the band still does it. It’s as if the road, the very antidote to most bands’ venom, actually makes them stronger, more potent even.

Cowboy Mouth got its big break in 1996 following the release of its major label debut, “Are You With Me?” The album contained the group’s only single that has been considered a major commercial success, “Jenny Says.” The song first appeared on the band’s 1992 album, “Word of Mouth,” but never gained widespread attention until its re-release in 1996.

Since then, the band has toured behind a reputation as one of the most entertaining rock acts to see live.

Founding member, vocalist and drummer Fred LeBlanc has somehow managed to tap into a seemingly endless supply of stamina to give audiences performances that are as explosive as they are amusing night after night.

The group released its ninth studio album, “This Train ...,” exclusively on its website in early 2012.

Cowboy Mouth will perform Saturday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd. on Isle of Palms, with Fifth on the Floor. Tickets are $20 and are available online at or at the door. The fun begins at 8:30 p.m.

Call 886-8596 for more information.

It may not be unheard of, a college-age indie pop-rock band with a hipster look and a familiar feel: prominent bass and drums, clean guitar reverb and dueling finger work echoing ethereally among one another, emotional but clear vocals, etc. But the Charlotte-based quartet It Looks Sad. will stand apart from the crowd in its execution.

The band is new to the scene, with a debut EP that has yet to be released, but the first glance of It Looks Sad. is a promising one and indicative of a young band getting off the starting block strong. With surprisingly mature songwriting and skill, they appear to be heading in the right direction with all the right skills to negotiate the turns.

It Looks Sad. will perform Sunday at the Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive, with Magic Camp and Scott Dence. Tickets are $5 at the door and the show is set to start at 8 p.m.

Go to or call 817-6925 for more information.