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Hooves of thunder


© St. Petersburg Times, published February 8, 2001

Cowboy Mouth is known for putting on a thunderous live show. The band, formed in the 1980s by a bunch of guys who'd put in time in various New Orleans bands, makes raucous music. Drummer Fred LeBlanc used to pound skins for Dash Rip Rock, and I do mean pound -- big, beefy LeBlanc makes Brutus in the Popeye cartoons look like a pip squeak.

LeBlanc's kit is right up front at Cowboy Mouth gigs because, get this, he also sings. Well, he screams, like that cuddly drill sergeant you've had flashbacks about. But, LeBlanc shares vocal duties with the rest of the band, so his, uh, zeal, gets tempered a bit.

Bare Jr. opens the show. Led by Bobby Bare Jr., the son of the same-name 1970s country star, this band has real roots in its roots music. Though Bare Jr. packs some twang and an electric dulcimer, the band has a penchant for silly rock love songs. Consider Kiss Me (Or I Will Cry) and If You Choose Me, with its list of reasons to love the boy singing, from Bare Jr.'s brand new Brainwasher disc.

Cowboy Mouth and Bare Jr. perform at Frankie's Patio, 1920 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City, at 8 p.m Tuesday. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at the door. (813) 241-6622.

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