So, I was putting away CDs in the Port Deposit branch when I stumbled across a CD by one of my favorite bands. The CD was "Voodoo Shoppe" by Cowboy Mouth. Completed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, this CD by New Orleans natives includes their always infectious, as they describe it "Cajun, pop, punk, rock" sound while embracing the emotional turmoil of living through such a devastating event. Deeply wrenching songs like "Home" and "The Avenue" show two different sides of the disaster--one is a song of hope while the other decries the questionable ways in which the city and its citizens were treated immediately after the levees broke; yet both songs are love songs to a city that has a truly rich history.
Not all of the songs are social commentary, there are also tongue-in-cheek love songs such as "This Much Fun" and "Joe Strummer"; a few solid rock songs; and the always uplifting (there is at least one song of this type on every Cowboy Mouth CD) "Glad to be Alive". The title song "Voodoo Shoppe" has a bass line that's hard to ignore while telling the amusing story of crossing paths with a Voodoo priestess. I could go on, but if you want some fun music that ultimately makes you feel good about yourself, I strongly suggest checking out Cowboy Mouth.
Recommended by LaTanya West