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The Sacred and The Propane

by Barbecue Bob & the Spareribs

Swamp blues, Rockabilly, recorded raw and(mostly)live in the studio. Back in print after 5 long years.(contrary to popular demand)
Genre: Blues: Dirty Blues
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Album Notes
CD Review
Barbecue Bob And The Spareribs
The Sacred And The Propane
(DaDa Records DR0030)
by John Taylor for Blues on Stage
Review date: March 2003

Based on the irreverent title (that's not a misprint - it's 'Propane,' not 'profane'), one could reasonably assume there's little New Jersey's Barbecue Bob and the boys hold sacred. With the exception, thankfully, of their music. Judging from the heat and the grease in these grooves, I'd say they take that very seriously indeed!
The Spareribs have been together in one form or another for over twenty years now. On "The Sacred And The Propane," leader Robert Pomeroy (vocals, guitar, and harmonica) leads the current lineup through a mixed program that includes but is by no means limited to blues. John Lee Hooker's "Burnin' Hell" opens the disc, there's a cover of "Too Late Brother," and the songwriting team of Mr. Pomery and drummer Scott Byrne contribute a handful of tunes that might best be described as 'blues for the end of the millennium - the end, mind, not the beginning, 'cause they're invariably dark and brooding (witness the acerbic "The Preacher," or guitarist Ira Spinrad's lone contribution, "Love Has Turned To Hate"). But elsewhere there's lots of rockabilly ("Hey Little Girl," "Don't Start Cryin' Now"), and a generous helping of heartland rock ("Fat Of The Land," and the gorgeous yet thoroughly unsentimental "Remember").

In short, it's bar band stuff - a varied set list to please the crowds. But the 'Ribs are far above average in both execution - everything's done with admirable efficiency, the kind that comes only with countless gigs (fueled, one would guess, by too much beer, too many cigarettes - and in vision. They're the kind of band who can do basic, unpretentious stuff and make it all theirs. The rhythm section, Dominick Zarrillo and Mr. Byrne, provide a rock-solid foundation that surely keeps dance floors full; Mr. Pomeroy's harp work is simple but invariably effective, and Ira Spinrad employs tone and textures thicker than Mississippi mud. Guests include Neil Thomas and Bruce Martin on piano and Hammond respectively; both are put to good use.

I confess that I approached this one with some misgivings - the packaging is a little on the bizarre side - but am happy to admit that I was pleasantly surprised; it's raw and real, and if it lacks polish that's more than made up for by passion and integrity tempered with a biting wit and a rebellious disregard for expectation. These guys are cool. Their music is cool, too.

Recommended.

Well,i'll start with my own notes about making the recordings on this CD, with more to follow. This is the third and last CD the spareribs recorded at Coyote Studios(now defunct due to rising rents in the now overly-gentrified, hipster-infested Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, NY). No amount of equipment is any good without someone who knows how to use it, and Albert Caiati(the engineer/owner) knew what every knob and button in the place was good for. We used a 2-inch 24 track tape recorder, to capture all the rich sounds of the vintage amps and instruments we used(and still use). It was mixed down to analog tape as well, only becoming digital in the mastering stage.

Robert Pomeroy(BBQ Bob)

The Sacred and the Propane
track listing and info:

1)burnin' hell(john lee hooker)
2)love has turned to hate(spinrad)
3)hey little girl(pomeroy)
4)fat of the land(pomeroy)
5)Don't start crying now(slim harpo)
6)Kate(Pomeroy)
7)Evil Twist(Pomeroy)
8)The Preacher(pomeroy)
9)It's too late, brother(Little Walter)
10)We gotta rock(Pomeroy)
11)The Chosen One(Pomeroy)
12)Remember(Pomeroy)
13)Time to go(Pomeroy)
14)French St. Mambo(Pomeroy)


Band Bio:

The first Barbecue Bob & the Spareribs show took place at the Furnald Folk Festival at Columbia University in 1981, followed by shows at the Postcrypt coffee house. A long residency at Dan Lynch’s blues bar (booked by blues artist Bill Dicey) followed. Looking for a neighborhood bar, the band settled in at the Blue Rose Lounge at 106th St. & Broadway (NYC). Bob stocked the jukebox with his favorites and began booking acts as diverse as The Holmes Brothers, The Raunch Hands, Bobby Radcliff, and The Dogmatics (from Boston). During this period, the band released two 45’s on their own label, Rib records, (“Linda Lu” b/w “Shake Your Money Maker” and “My Barbecue Baby” b/w “Oedipus Rex”), acquired drummer/pianist Howie Wyeth, and began a series of shows opening for national acts at the original Lone Star Café (13th & 5th Ave. NYC). The Spareribs were still playing the Blue Rose and Dan Lynch’s, and had expanded to Philadelphia, doing frequent shows at Taker’s Café (Germantown) and Bacchanal (13th & South St.). The Ribs released two full-length cassettes (“The Best So Far”, and “Shut up and Play”) and began a long relationship with the Rodeo Bar (27th & 3rd Ave. NYC) around 1987.



The Spareribs had by this time begun playing in New Jersey clubs such as Wallace’s (East Orange), Tierney’s (Montclair), and opening for nationally touring acts at the Stanhope House (Stanhope). Two more full-length cassettes followed (“Four on the Floor”, with Simon Chardiet on guitar, and “Wages of Sin”, with Dan Hovey and Ira Spinrad on guitars).

At this point the Spareribs inked up (in blood) with DaDa Records, a D.I.Y. label, releasing two 7”mono records “Snack Time”(’96) and “Side Order” (’97) .


They included the “A” sides on their first full-length CD “After School Special”, and have been touring the South and Midwest in support of these releases, building a small but loyal following as far as Chicago and New Orleans.

With their second CD “Pass the Biscuits!”, Barbecue Bob and the Spareribs were poised to conquer the world, or at the very least, make it to California (and all points in between).

A third CD(also recorded at Coyote Studios)"The Sacred & The Propane" , picks up where "Pass the Biscuits!" left off, with a more hard-hitting roadhouse vibe.

A Brief list of musicians over the years(recorded* and otherwise)

Guitar:
Artie Gold
Andy Karp
Kevin Trainor*
Jack Petruzzelli
Ira Spinrad*
Simon Chardiet*
Bobby Radcliff*
Dan Hovey*
Bill Thompson
Steve Antonakos

Bass:
Brian Miller*
Jay Elfenbein*
Mark Ettinger
Tom Diello*
Dominick Zarillo*
Johnny Katonah*
Scott Kitchen*
Craig Robison
Ron Tullier
Keith Christopher
Dan Baird
Dave Dreiwitz*
Skip Ward

Drums:
Dave Capello*
Howie Wyeth*
Charles Otis*
Scott Byrne*
Ira Kay*
Dave Ross*
Charlie Shaw
Glenn Healy*
JJ Murphy*
Nick Ruggieri
Rex "Nervous Rex" Wilson

Venues/Clubs/Festivals

Road Work:

Bucko's(Huron, Oh.)
Wilbert's(Cleveland, Oh.)
The Beer Barrel(Put-in-Bay, Oh.)
Danny's(New Philadelphia, Oh.)
The Purple Onion(New Philadelphia, Oh.)
Army/Navy Club(E. Liverpool, Oh.)
Hoop's Lounge(E. Liverpool, Oh.)
4th & Long(E. Liverpool, Oh.)
Scotty's Place(E. Liverpool, Oh.)
Down Under(E. Liverpool, Oh.)
the Oasis(E. Liverpool, Oh.)
State Line(E. Palestine, Oh.)
Main St. saloon (akron,oh)

Moondog's (Pittsburgh, Pa)
The Funhouse (Bethlehem, Pa.)
Bacchanal (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Taker's Cafe (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Doc Watson's (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Red, hot and blue (Cherry Hill, Pa.)
John and Peter's (New hope, Pa.)

Slippery Noodle(Indianapolis, In.)

Smoke Daddy's(Chicago)
Lounge Axe(Chicago)

5 Spot(Nashville, Tn.)
Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie(Nashville, Tn.)
Exit Inn(Nashville, Tn.)
3rd & Lindsley(Nashville, Tn.)
Blues City Cafe(Memphis, Tn.)

Hal & Mal's(Jackson, Miss.)

Loose Caboose(Monroe, La.)
The Collegiate(Monroe La.)
Checkpoint Charlie's(New Orleans, La.)
Lounge Lizards(New Orleans, La.)
Circle Bar(New Orleans, La.)
El Morocco(New Orleans, La.)
Bank St. Bar(New Orleans, La.)

The Peerless(Anniston, Al.)
Brother's(Jacksonville, Al.)
The Nick(Birmingham, Al.)
The Chukker(Tuscaloosa, Al.)
The Varsity(Tuscaloosa, Al.)
The wine cellar (birmingham,ala.)

40 Watt Club(Athens, Ga.)
Tasty World(Athens, Ga.)
Blind Pig(Atlanta, Ga.)

The Purple Pelican (charleston,sc)
Bert's Island Characters(Charleston, S.C.)
Local 506(Chapel Hill, N.C.)
The Berkely Cafe(Raleigh, N.C.)

Iota(Arlington, Va.)
Andy's(Chestertown, Md.)
Dogfish Head(Del.)

Madam's Organ(Washington, D.C.)

New York State:

The bayou (mt.vernon,ny)
7 Willow st.(port chester,ny)
The turning point (piermont,ny)
Snug Harbor (new paltz, ny)
Tinker st. cafe (woodstock, ny)
Ben Dover's(Pelham, ny)
Mike's Pelham Grill(Formerly Ben Dover's)

New Jersey:

Wallaces(Orange)
Tierney's(Montclair)
the Great Notch Inn(Little Falls)
Stanhope House(Stanhope)
Crossroads(garwood)
Mrs. J's(Asbury Park)
Crossroads(asbury park)
Court Tavern(New Brunswick)
Plum Street Pub(new brunswick)
the Budapest(new brunswick)
Triumph Brew Pub(Princeton)
Scotland Yard(Hoboken)
Liquid Lounge(Hoboken)
Loop Lounge (teaneck)
Back Porch(Rahway)
Waiting Room(Rahway)
Deck House(Asbury Park)
Ragin' Cajun(Belmar)
Jason's(belmar)
Main St. Cafe(Red Bank)
The Circle Bar (absecon)
Texas-arizona (hoboken)
T.J.'s Hideaway (s.plainfield)
assembly point(belleville)
the red cafe( i don't remember it either, but we played there 1/23/93!)
the centennial house(cranford)
sneaky pete's (2/20/93 ?!!!!)
marita's cantina (new brunswick)
chatfields (gladstone,nj)
cafe newz(remember that one! new brunswick)
palm grill(morristown)
The Office(Montclair, Morristown, & Chatham)
c.c.muggs (union,nj)
Melody bar (new brunswick)
Downtown cafe(red bank)
Ideal clam bar(secaucus)
Cadillac bar (formerly boo-boo's, hoboken)
Boo Boo's(Hoboken)
O'Shea's (preceded the saint, asbury park)
The Saint(Asbury Park)
Shilleleagh club(w.orange)
the Old homestead(irvington)
the Old bay (new brunswick)
Town pub (bloomfield)
Maxwell's (hoboken)
The deep sea bar (teaneck)
Marita's cantina (Princeton)
Harrison ave. tavern (west orange)
North end tavern (union/maplewood)
Dolls place (new brunswick)
The Elysian (hoboken)
Rockefeller's (hampton)
Hamilton pub (newark)
Crawfish fest (waterloo)
The stone pony (asbury park)
McCormicks (new brunswick)
The Dirt Club (bloomfield)

Festivals:

Crawfish Festival(waterloo, nj)
New Jersey Jazz & Blues(Red Bank, nj)
Guitarbeque(Asbury Park)
Birmingham Jam (w/Pinetop Perkins)
National Folk Fest, Bangor, Me.(w/Pinetop Perkins)
Music at NJPAC(Newark, nj)
Muskonetcong River Festival(nj)
Westport Blues & Barbecue Festival(ct)

NewYorkCity:

Postcrypt Coffee House
Ear Inn
Dan Lynch
Lone Star Cafe
Lone Star Roadhouse
Rodeo Bar
Brian's Place
North River Bar
Wetlands
Manny's Car Wash
Chicago Blues
Fanny's Oyster Bar
Blue Rose Lounge
Brother's Barbecue
Abilene
Wonderland
Gonzales Y Gonzales
Louisiana Community Bar & Grill
Finian's Rainbow
Delta 88
Mondo Cane
Mondo Perso
Kenny's Castaways
The Bitter End
Barmacy
Nightingales
St.Mark's Bar
Jack the Ribber/Continental Divide/the Continental
Coney Island High
Manitoba's (nyc)
Chelsea commons (nyc)
The R Bar(nyc)
Two boots (brooklyn, ny)
The Red Lion (nyc)
Mcgovern's (nyc)
Ludlow st. cafe (nyc)


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Bernhard Schulte

Fantastic
this album ain\'t only good but Fantastic!! Great music, puts you right on the dancefloor. This music takes you with a grip and doesn\'t let lose until you quit playing it. Bravissimo Bob.

Thomas J. Rose

The sacred and the propane
I just got the cd and i loved it. I have several of bbq bob and the spareribs cd\'s. I got a few friend\'s interested in them as well. I also met them in belmar at the ragin\' cagin, great bunch of guy\'s.

lucio sodano

is fantastic
very good