Rockabilly Blues

Rockabilly Blues

by Sleepy LaBeef
     
 

Although it's comprised entirely of previously unissued studio material predominantly recorded in 1980 and 1981 that didn't make the first cut on his Rounder albums, there's nothing second-rate about this compilation. The big man with the droopy eyes from Sun records sounds equally inspired on upbeat bluesy rearrangements of tracks rescued from the vault, such as… See more details below

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Although it's comprised entirely of previously unissued studio material predominantly recorded in 1980 and 1981 that didn't make the first cut on his Rounder albums, there's nothing second-rate about this compilation. The big man with the droopy eyes from Sun records sounds equally inspired on upbeat bluesy rearrangements of tracks rescued from the vault, such as Jimmy Reed's "Bright Lights, Big City," the roof-raising Little Richard cover "Long Tall Sally," and the album closing "Rip It Up." Sure, these chestnuts have been recorded thousands of times, but LaBeef tears into them with enthusiasm and passion, adding fresh nuances and a creative approach. Even Hank Williams' "Fool About You," where Buddy Spicher's fiddle injects a backwoods feel, is augmented by LaBeef's meaty twang guitar and gutsy vocals. His rearranged "Mannish Boy" maintains the classic song's energy but runs it through a swampy rhythm, transforming it into a chugging locomotive. Like Sun's stable of artists, in particular one Elvis Presley, LaBeef sees little difference between rockabilly, country, and blues. It's in the way he incorporates and combines those genres through that deep baritone and skittering guitar that makes him unique. Not just for fans, Rockabilly Blues is as good an introduction to Sleepy LaBeef's charms as any of his other albums. A bit more rockin' and bluesy than most of his stuff, only the album's abbreviated 37-minute length is disappointing about this rollicking, infectious disc. Roots rock & roll at its finest.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2001
Label:
Bullseye Blues
UPC:
0011661963122
Rank:
82347

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sleepy LaBeef   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Jo-El Sonnier   Accordion
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Duke Levine   Guitar
Earl Poole Ball   Piano
Scott Billington   Harmonica
Paul Bryan   Bass
D.J. Fontana   Drums
Russell Keyes   Bass
E.J. Ouellette   Guitar
Cliff Parker   Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Lisa Pankratz   Bass
Bobby Keyes   Guitar
Harry Duncan   Piano

Technical Credits

Jimmy Reed   Composer
Little Richard   Composer
Scott Billington   Producer,Liner Notes
Peter Guralnick   Producer
Ken Irwin   Producer
Bob Kempf   Engineer
Muddy Waters   Composer
Paul Mufson   Engineer
Jerry Shook   Engineer
Jake Guralnick   Producer
Laurie Flannery   Mastering
Bradley   Composer
Robert Blackwell   Composer

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