SLIM BAWB & GATOR BAIT
Slim Bawb & Gator Bait play “swampgrass” music. Their debut CD “Ghost Dawg” came out last April. Slim Bawb is Bob Pearce leader/songwriter for the Sacramento based band “The Beer Dawgs” for the past 20 years. Slim Bawb plays banjo, reso-guitar, mandolin & mojo stomp. Gator Bait are Andrew Browne: Double Bass & Olen Dillingham: Fiddle & mandolin. The Newest Gator is Steve Stizzo: Accordion. Andrew is a former “Beer Dawg” & Olen as well as Slim Bawb was born on January 8th (that’s right, Elvis’s birthday!) Steve Stizzo plays in the popular Northern California band “Mumbo Gumbo”& is also the unofficial mayor of Roseville. Their new CD “BEWARE!" is out now. Check “em out Jack.
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Here and There Ezine
Aug 24, 2005
Slim Bawb is a member of a long running Sacramento,Calif band called the Beerdawgs. But he decided to branch out a little and release a solo album.
Ghost Dawg is based on a true story about Bawb's lost dog who kept walking thru homeless people's camps along the Sacramento River. The dog would never accept food,just keep on walking thru.
But this album is a nice bluegrass/country mix. Starting w/the title track,Bawb's raspy and raw blues-tinged voices zips along,mixing huge horn sections and sad strings to create a wonderful CD. Bawb's voice is rough and will take time to get used to hearing,but stick w/it,its worth listening too....recommended!
Alive & Kicking
What do you do for fun when you’re in a band that plays almost every night of the week? Well, if that band is the Beer Dawgs, apparently you start a musical side project, record an album and find time to squeeze in some more live shows. That’s what Bawb Dawg did. He put together this little Cajun/bluegrass flavored combo called Slim Bawb and recorded this finger pickin’ good little nugget. Aside from Andrew Browne on bass, and Olen Dillingham on fiddle, all the pluckin’ is Bawb. Banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro… and also some hambone and a little something called the mojo stomp for good measure. Horn Dawg Otis Mourning supplies the occasional sax, bass clarinet and accordion. With these guys the musicianship is always top notch, but the real treat of a guest performer is Bawb’s dad, Bob Pearce, Sr. who yodels up a storm on “Chime Bells”. Ultimately, though, this is Bawb’s album. Anyone familiar with Bawb’s sweet raspy voice already knows how nicely it works with a cajun-blues, as the Beer Dawgs stray in that direction every once in a while, and on songs like “New Ghost Town” and “Song Save Me” Bawb is as good as ever. Even takes on a little French lyric with “Mon Pere” with lovely results. With “You Better Rest” the CD takes a brief funky detour that is all hand claps and stomping (the mojo stomp perhaps?) but it gets right back to the gritty/pretty with “New Promised Land”, a surreal little character piece in a Blood On The Tracks vein. Bawb closes out the CD with the goofy honky-tonk styled nod to drinking too much and then declaring “I’m Phime”. Fans of the Beer Dawgs (and God knows there are a ton of you) would be quite neglectful not to have this release, but the same goes for fans of a more bluesy styled bluegrass. Bawb is truly in his element here, and until he finds time for a third project, you’re just gonna have to make do with Slim Bawb and the Beer Dawgs playing 8 days a week.
- jerry perry
Rating 5 of 5 (see web site for full review)
This CD is only a couple Lagniappe's shy of being perfect, and I plan on bumming more than just a couple beers off Slim Bawb, when I see him at his CD release party this coming June. So, Slim Bawb & Gator Bait get a rating of 5 for their Ghost Dawg CD. (5 plus two cold ones is as near perfect as it gets.)
- Tim Null
Rating 7 of 10 Patrick Wilkins americana-uk.com
Slim Bawb “Ghost Dawg” (B&S Records 2005)
Slim Bawb is Bob Pearce, main man in the Sacramento based Beer Dawgs for getting on for a couple of decades, backed by a pair of co conspirators called Gator Bait. From that background you would figure Bob knows what he's doing, and you'd be right. Self described as 'swampgrass' music, this album is a mish mash of roots influences, bluegrass, blues, zydeco, country, and even some alt.country. Listing the instruments Bob plays gives you a reasonable idea how this is going to go, 'Banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro, hambone, mojo stomp', Gator Bait provide double bass and fiddle. Bob has a fine croaky voice that sounds like a morning after Lowell George, and the songs do have the odd unexpected quirk, 'He Don’t Talk About That' ends with (supposedly)Kenny Rogers yodelling! 'That Dawg Don't Hunt’ adds some sax to an uptempo bluesy mix, and with slide guitar also thrown in, sounds a little like the sadly departed Chris Whitley. With 14 songs sprawling over 57 minutes it's a too much to eat in one sitting, but very satisfying if you take it in bite size chunks.