Bob Petrocelli

Bob Petrocelli

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Bob P is a NYC-based multi-instrumentalist/ singer/songwriter working in the Blues/Roots/ Americana vein. Bob has received national radio airplay as both a singer/songwriter & guitarist. After many years as a sideman or co-leader for many diverse acts, Bob is fronting his own group.

Biography

Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Bob Petrocelli has many years of experience in a wide variety of musical styles, ranging from doo wop to rock to free jazz, as well as a deep involvement with blues and other roots-oriented projects.

Bob has released his first solo CD, “Shanghai Shuffle”, a collection of Blues and Roots inspired material and is currently preparing his second CD release. "Shanghai Shuffle" was listed at #41 on Real Blues Magazine's (Canada) list of the top 100 new Blues CD releases of the year. The song "Gulf Coast Blues" from this CD was awarded “Honorable Mention” in the 15th Billboard World Song Contest. “Lady With a Plan” has been featured on the nationally syndicated (106 stations) “Blues Deluxe” radio program. Numerous songs from the CD have also been in regular rotation on a number of North American and European radio outlets including syndicated programs, AM, FM, and Internet podcasts. Prior to the release of "Shanghai Shuffle" Bob was guitarist, songwriter and musical director for bluesman Robert Charels for 3 years. Bob's writing contribution to Charels’ last release "Three Leg Dogs and Old Skool Cats" was the song "Hey Shellena" which was the first selection from that CD to receive radio airplay and was featured on the "Blues Deluxe" radio program. This song has been re-recorded on “Shanghai Shuffle”.

Bob has several other CD projects recently completed or currently in development including an appearance as guitarist on the new CD by jazz saxophonist Richard Brinka in the band Collector, and a follow-up to "Shanghai Shuffle".

Bob was a Music Major at Hofstra University, and was involved in the Greenwich Village rock scene of the ‘60s playing such clubs as the Cafe Wha?, Night Owl Cafe, Cafe Bizarre, etc. During the 70’s and 80’s, he worked as a sideman and/or co-leader for a wide variety of local and touring acts. He composed, recorded, and produced music for radio and other commercial spots while running a recording service during the 80's. Since the early 90s, Bob has been focused on both roots based writing and performance using traditional blues and R&B as an inspiration as well as his interest in experimental instrumental music.

Bob has performed with or opened for a wide array of artists including Robert Charels, Paul Oscher (Muddy Waters Band), The Nawlins Funk Band, Michael Hill's Blues Mob, Little Toby Walker, Jerry Nolan (NY Dolls), Patrick Sky, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, The Del Satins, The Capris, The Dubs, The Devotions, The Ovations, The Elegants, The Ferrari Brothers, Minimalist composer Rhys Chatham, Jazz greats Richard Davis, Buster Williams, & Steve Swell, among many others.

Lyrics

Hey Shellena

Written By: Bob Petrocelli

Hey Shellena

Hey Shellena, why do you treat me so mean?
Hey Shellena, why do you treat me so mean?
Sometimes I think you’re the meanest girl I’ve ever seen

Hey Shellena, how come you treat me so cruel?
Hey Shellena, how come you treat me so cruel?
Girl, the way you treat me - makes me fee just like a fool

Hey Shellena, why do you treat me so bad?
Hey Shellena, why do you treat me so bad?
Girl, the way you treat me - makes me feel so bad

Riding in your cruiser when you pushed me out the door
Girl, the way you treat me – I just can’t take no more
Hey Shellena, why do you treat me like you do?
Girl, the way you treat me – makes me feel so blue

Hey Shellena, why do you treat me so mean?
Hey Shellena, why do you treat me so mean?
Sometimes I think you’re the meanest girl I’ve ever seen

Hey Shellena, why do I love you like I do?
Hey Shellena, why do I love you like I do?
You know I only wish that you would love me too
You know I only wish that you would love me too
You know I only wish that you would love me too

Gulf Coast Blues

Written By: Bob Petrocelli

Gulf Coast Blues

Down in New Orleans, you know it’s a sin, you know it’s a shame
Down in New Orleans, you know it’s a sin, you know it’s a shame
How the levees blew when Katrina came

From the Bowl to Houston and from Houston to LA
From the Superbowl to Houston and from Houston to LA
There’s thousands of people just tryin’ to find a way

Creole driftwood just looking for a home
Creole driftwood just looking for a home
Don’t nobody know how long they’re bound to roam

All along the Gulfcoast, just ruin and despair
All along the Gulfcoast, just ruin and despair
How many people noticed? How many people even care?

Listen to the music, you’ve got to hear the music play
Listen to the music, you’ve got to hear the music play
Lord knows that music’s gonna lead you on your way

Down in New Orleans, you know it’s a sin, you know it’s a shame
Down in New Orleans, you know it’s a sin, you know it’s a shame
How the levees blew when Katrina came

Six Feet of Fun

Written By: Bob Petrocelli

Six Feet of Fun

I looked up just as trouble strolled in
Sporting gorgeous eyes and a wicked grin
I just stood there full of fear and dread
‘Cause I knew in two minutes I’d be in over my head
I’d heard it but I never really understood
How a long legged woman can make you feel so good
Now I know I’ll never cut and run
‘Cause I found a woman who’s six feet of fun

I heard ‘bout Caledonia with her big old feet
Long and lanky – she didn’t like much to eat
And I heard about a woman who was long and tall
Slept in the bed with her feet out in the hall
Everybody’s always talkin’ about Long Tall Sally
From the north of Maine to the tip of southern Cali
So I know I’ll never cut and run
‘Cause I found a woman who’s six feet of fun

Popeye and Bluto knew it all too well
How a tall, skinny woman can make you feel so swell
You better eat your spinach, take your vitamin pills
‘Cause you know she’s gonna cure each and all of your ills
I heard someone singing ‘bout their pride and joy
You know she was taller than her little lover boy
I know I’ll never cut and run
‘Cause I found a woman who’s six feet of fun

Ridin’ the rails on that old number seven line
Goin’ to see my baby, gonna have a good time
She’s long and tall and lean and mean
Baddest woman that I’ve ever seen
She taught me much about life and love
So I guess I have to thank the heavens above
And I know I’ll never cut and run
‘Cause I found a woman who’s six feet of fun

Blues-Blues

Written By: Bob Petrocelli

Down deep in the bayous of NYC
I met a couple players who wanna be
Their idea of blues came from overseas
They call it authenticity

They got a Marshall amp
Got a flamey Les Paul
And when it’s time to play
It’s always balls to the wall

Now I ain’t sayin’ I’m the purest of the pure
But I’ve been digging the roots since 1964
I listened to Muddy and John Lee Hooker too
And Howlin’ Wolf singin’ ‘bout that girl Doin’ the Do

Wasn’t born in the Delta, didn’t migrate to the north
Ain’t got no mojo, don’t play on no back porch
Still attracted to that Blues flame like the proverbial moth

Now I’m not sure just what I’m tryin’ to say
Sometimes I think the Blues don’t mean as much today
As it did when giants roamed the land
Baring their souls with a guitar in their hands

Get a Grip

Written By: Bob Petrocelli

Get a grip on yourself, that’s what you’ve got to do
When you’re feeling lonely, when you’re feeling blue
You’ ve got no one to love me, tell me what’ chu gonna do?
Just get a grip on your self, whoo whoo whoo whoo whoo u whoo

Discography

Shupikai (2012) - Collector - Bob taking over the guitar chair for this instrumental quartet's second release

Absolute NY Blues (2011) - compilation CD

A Crimson Grail (2010) - Rhys Chatham - live performance from Lincoln Center performance of 8/8/09 (Bob P as member of guitar orchestra)

Music From The Boardwalk (2010) - Boardwalk Arts and Music Festival -2010 - compilation CD

Shanghai Shuffle (2008) - Bob Petrocelli (Bob P CD fronting his own band)

Vega Sings the Blues (2009) - Nawlins Funk Band (Bob P vocals and guitar on several tracks)

Three Leg Dogs and Old Skool Cats (2007) - Robert Charels (Bob P - songwriting and guitar)

Nawlins Funk Band (2004) - Nawlins Funk Band (Bob P - vocals and guitar)

Since the 8/08 release of "Shanghai Shuffle" airplay has been received in over 250 markets, including the syndicated "Blues Deluxe Radio Hour" and other syndicated programs and it has been heard in 16 countries.

Set List

In addition to Bob's library of original material, the repertoire consists of well over 200 classic Blues, R&B, and Rock songs. Typical sets are one hour. A partial listing of cover songs follows:

BOB P SONGS

Ain’t No Sunshine Am
Ain't Too Proud To Beg C
All Along the Watchtower Am
Before You Accuse Me E
Blue Suede Shoes G
Blues With A Feeling G
Boom Boom A
Born In Chicago A
Born ln the USA B
Born Under a Bad Sign A
Bright Lights/Big City A
Bring It On Home To Me E
Brown Eyed Girl G
Caledonia C
Can I Get a Witness
Can’t Find My Way-Home D
Chameleon A
Chicken Shack G
Crazy Strings E
Crosscut Saw A
Cryin’ Won’t Help You/You’ve Been Mean A
Devil With the Blue Dress C
Don't Fight It C
Don't You Just Know It Eb
Don't You Lie To Me A
Down on the Corner C
Drinking Wine (Sp