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Keep Your Day Job

by SR2 (Shake, Rabbis and Roll)

SR2 plays original, mostly 60's style rock 'n roll, although some of our songs have a bluesy edge to them.
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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1. Same Old, Same Old SR2
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2. Keep Your Day Job SR2
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3. A Love That Heals SR2
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4. Now That You're Gone SR2
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5. When I Dream SR2
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6. Google It! SR2
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7. Google It, Revisited SR2
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8. After the Vacation's Through SR2
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Album Notes
SR2: Shake, Rabbis and Roll!

by Robbie Harris

The Beatles (!) developed as a band in the dance halls of Liverpool and the seedy bars of Hamburg. No such storied beginnings accompany the origins of the much less fabled band, “Shake, Rabbis and Roll,” or as it is affectionately known among its aficionados and assorted roadies, SR2 (that, at least, is the logo featured on band merchandise). But enough for run-on sentences!

SR2 got its start in the Spring of 1991, when Robbie was a congregational rabbi in Pelham, NY, and has been more or less performing ever since. Like most groups, we started as a "cover band," performing rock and roll classics from the 50's-60's and 70's (as well as more contemporary music). In 2003 we also began to perform original songs. This led to issuing our first CD, entitled "Tales of the Upper West Side"; like our live repertoire, it contains no Jewish or specifically religious music - just straight, good old-fashioned rock and roll! But fear not: none of us is quitting the proverbial "day job" any time in the foreseeable future! In fact, our current (2006) CD - also filled with SR2 originals - is entitled "Keep Your Day Job!" Finally, we are releasing a live CD concurrent with “Day Job”; this record is called “Live@Primetime,” and contains seven of the songs recorded at a party at Primetime Studios, in Yonkers, NY, last April.

Although at one point in our history, the band consisted entirely of rabbis, this is no longer the case. Robbie (vocals, rhythm guitar), Jeff Hoffman (vocals, lead guitar) and Larry Sebert (drums) form the band's rabbinic core; Jerry Snider (slide guitar and guitar synthesizer), Jerry Goldman (bass) and Barry Presser (drums) are the remaining members.

In addition to performing at clubs in NY and Westchester, SR2 often performs to raise money for a variety of worthy causes. For instance, we have performed on behalf of a church soup kitchen on 111th & Broadway; at the West End Cafe in Manhattan, where we raised nearly $2000 for World Trade Center relief; and have done several shows for MAZON (which means “food,” in Hebrew), an organization which distributes food to the needy of all faiths; at The Knitting Factory on behalf of “God’s Love, We Deliver.” In 2004 we dedicated funds towards Darfur refugees; last year, we returned to the Knitting Factory, raising money for “the Downtown Kehilla,” an organization representing several synagogues and other Jewish institutions.

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Jonah Rank ( )

Fun Classic Rock Style!
Keep Your Day Job!, SR2's latest studio CD is fantastic! It's a fun rolling ride from the opening "Same Old, Same Old" with its tinge of humor in the lyrics and its driving guitars to the title track "Keep Your Day Job" with its rocking riff and its catchy hook; from the bright "A Love That Heals" to the discord of "Now That You're Gone"; from the light lilts of semi-reggae in "When I Dream" to the humorous "Just Google It"; and from the humorous reprise-esque "Google It, Revisited" to the closing "After the Vacation's Through". Keep Your Day Job! will guarantee you some of the best of new classic rock songs of 2006!


The single malt of rock
I've watched SR2 develop into a tight band with a driving sound of their own. It's propulsive rock with a mid-life twist of regret and smokey wit--like a fine single malt. Eight distinctive tuneful songs you'll want to drink again and again.