Austinme.com August 30th 2012
I don’t think there is anything Slim Bawb can’t play and if he couldn’t use his hands, well, he’s got that covered too. He’s a singer,songwriter and plays all things baring strings to playing bass with his feet. Yes, I said feet. Slim Bawb or aka Bob Pearce is a native Californian moved by way to the outskirts of Austin, Texas and has a swampy-blues Lousiana sound, that you would think, just arose out of the fog off the banks of the Mississippi. Along with his crew, drummer Ron “cornbread” Sherrod and Perry Lowe playing some appropriate percussion with a Cajon and Dejembe adds a most interesting array of instruments. All coming together to capture that “swamp” sound faster than an alligator’s snapping jaws.
Slim Bawb’s “Pardon me” was released on July 24, 2012 on Swampgrass Records and is a musical concoction of country, funk, blues and more. Playing with his feet “lefty” and “stinky” on his Roland “boot bass”, Slim Bawb has quite an original way of serving up his Lousiana swamp-style with a side of gumbo and some Cajun cornbread to soak it up. The opening track “Swamptime”, feels more like a funky, disco jam with Tom Waits then maybe for it’s intended cajunfied boogie. Traditional swamp classics such as “Lousiana Man”, “Man of Constant Sorrow”, “Blues in a Bottle” and “Beaucoup de Vine” were great focuses on the traditional sounds straight from the heart of Dixie. Putting the album together in three in and half days in his own studio, Slim Bawb certainly knows how to kick out the jams quickly. A whirlwind of genres, although with a generalized focus, is a good beer drinkin’ good time and a great theme album for all you Cajun honky-tonks.
Final Grade: ***1/2 stars (Out of five)