BACKYARD BARBECUE BROADCAST includes tracks recorded for a live radio broadcast on East Orange, New Jersey radio station WFMU.
Giant Sand: Howe Gelb (vocals, nylon-string guitar, acoustic & electric pianos, Farfisa organ); Joey Burns (Spanish guitar, harmonica, bass); Mike Semple (guitar); Bill Elm (steel guitar); John Convertino (drums).
Personnel: Howe Gelb (vocals, nylon-string guitar, electric piano, tapes); Joey Burns (Spanish guitar); John Convertino (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Jim Blackwood.
Liner Note Author: Howe Gelb.
Recording information: Sine, NYC (04/23/1995); The Music Faucet Radio Program (04/23/1995); WFMY, east Orange, NJ (04/23/1995); Sine, NYC (06/12/1993); The Music Faucet Radio Program (06/12/1993); WFMY, east Orange, NJ (06/12/1993); Sine, NYC (07/17/1994); The Music Faucet Radio Program (07/17/1994); WFMY, east Orange, NJ (07/17/1994).
Editor: Justin Luchter.
This set is culled from a live performance Giant Sand did on N.Y.C.-area FM radio station WFMU. At the time, the band was touring in support of its GLUM album. As a band that relishes in celebrating spontaneity and the wonderful accidental moments of musical interplay and creation, this set finds Giant Sand squarely in its element.
Not content to merely trot out some of its favored songs one by one, Giant Sand lashes truncated versions of some of them together into the "BBQ Suite." Band leader Howe Gelb and his cohorts Joey Burns (on bass and guitar) and John Convertino (drums) are joined by former member Bill Elm on pedal steel guitar (Elm left and started the wonderful instrumental combo, Friends of Dean Martinez). The performances find Giant Sand at its most endearingly back-porch, with scaled-down arrangements and quieter playing.
Entertainment Weekly (1/26/96, p.58) - "...its twisted blues, bone-dry country, and tumbleweed cocktail jazz conjure up the sweet, lazy pleasure of a summer afternoon." - Rating: A-
Option (3-4/96, p.105) - "...country-and-roots-rock-influenced music sounds just as appropriate at a cookout as in a smoky club..."
Melody Maker (3/9/96, p.39) - "...proof that an improvisational rock band doesn't have to sound like The Grateful Dead..."