Laurence "Luckyman" Beall
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Laurence "Luckyman" Beall

Lexington, South Carolina, United States

Lexington, South Carolina, United States
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"The Huntsville Sessions, Laurence"

The Huntsville Sessions, Laurence "Luckyman" Beall
Turbine Incredible


Man, I've waited 10 long years for this CD and let me tell ya, it was worth it! As I've long told anyone who asked (or would listen), Laurence Beall is my favorite singer/songwriter. This latest collection cements that status even more. No mere rockabilly or honky tonk poseur, this cat is the real deal kids! So real in fact, I have to ask...do you think you can handle it? As your regular readers know, I like to introduce you to music I'm sure you'll dig but might otherwise miss as it isn't strictly rockabilly.

For those unfamiliar with Laurence Beall, allow me to give you some quick history. LB started out in the Virginia/DC scene way back in the day. He was making noise at the same time cats like Danny Gatton and Evan Johns were stomping the boards there. Like them, LB's sound is unique...we Americans tend to lump it all under "rockabilly" (we figure if a white cat or kitten is playing some rockin' stuff with a solid groove but retaining their natural twang, it's rockabilly) but for the sake of non-Yanks, I'll describe his music as "rootsy Americana". If you want his personal history, the bio on his MySpace page is one helluva good read!

LB and his old band The Sultans laid down a fine piece of wax called "Vampire Coming" and did a fair bit of touring behind it. That was followed by a killer live LP (recorded at the Star Club up in Canada) and toured more around the US, Canada and Europe. I was lucky enough to do a handful of gigs with them on this tour after hearing and sitting in with them at The Decade nightclub. As LB would say, the band was 'dippin' a d_ _k in it' (meaning they sounded REALLY good and tight) and slaughtering crowds everywhere they went..and then LB vanished. At the time he'd been living in Nashville with his then wife/bassplayer. I heard from him some years later and he was down around Hunstville, Alabama. He'd divorced his missus, recorded with the likes of Marti Brom, Rosie Flores and James Intveld, gigged with Charlie Feathers and was still gigging and writing some of the best stuff around. I played his songs for Hayden Thompson who was just flat knocked out by it! He wanted to record the songs "Chaingang Memory" and "Reckless Boy" (which I luckily have demos of). Then LB vanished again. He was beginning to live up to his nickname "The dark, brooding rockabilly legend".

In 2000, I was lucky enough to get to play the 1st annual Rockabilly Hall of Fame fest in Jackson, TN and was excited to see my old friend Laurence Beall (and his band Lucky & The Hot Dice) on the bill! We got to hang out for a few days and when the day of his show came around, half of his band failed to show (rumor had it they got lost en route from Huntsville to Jackson) and LB asked me to sit in. We closed the festival (going on after Wanda Jackson) and I'd have to say, we once again 'dipped our d_ _ks in it'. LB had just released his CD "13" and it was a pure knock out! Alas, poor distribution did a number on that disc. Its a shame too...there were some GREAT songs on there! From there, LB moved out to Las Vegas and was fronting a new version of Lucky & The Hot Dice.

Fast forward 10 years and LB has a brand spanketty new CD out entitled The Huntsville Sessions. In spite of being his friend and colleague, I gotta say, this may be his finest work ever! And thanks to the evergrowing interweb, you should be able to obtain a copy from sites like CDbaby, Amazon, etc...probably even iTunes (soon).

OK, enough of my rambling...what about the music??? Fans of rockabilly, country (real country, not that modern Nashville crap), blues and even Memphis soul will love this disc! 13 masterfully crafted songs in all and pretty much something for everybody. Now if you're expecting songs about hot rods and going shebopaweebop with your baby, you might want to skip this disc. It's better than that. These aren't hokey songs written by a guy who pretends to know what life is; these are solid, true-blue tours de force written by a man who knows what its all about because he's lived it. As LB's MySpace page says " if I sing you a song it ain't about how I THINK it feels." LB "plays music that doesn't want to be stuffed into a particular pigeon hole too tightly. Some of it's rockabilly, some is blues, some of it's rockabilly and blues rolled into one. Some of it is old shit-kicker country and some of it is soul music... "

At the risk of making what may be considered a blasphemous comparison, I'll put LB's lyrics up against Hank Williams Sr's any day of the week. I really think his writing is that good. Whether singing about heartache or the tale of a down & out miner losing his life, the listener can feel every ounce of emotion. His lyrics are written in a very southern dialect but one listen and you'll "get it". His heavy southern accent may be difficult, at first, for some non-American listeners to comprehend but luckily all the lyrics a - www.rockabillyeurope.com/?reviews/laurencebeall.htm


Discography

This first selection, "The Huntsville Sessions", is receiving radio play as well as being sold by cdBaby and its 40 distributers as downloads as well as the actual cd.

"The Huntsville Sessions", Laurence "Luckyman" Beall, January 2010 on "Turbine Incredible"
"Hoe Cake" L. Beall
"Mr. Lonely" L. Beall
"Blue Curtains" L. Beall
"She Make A Bulldog Break His Chain" L. Beall
" Wanted By The Police" L. Beall
"Five Bucks An Hour" L. Beall
"Goin' To Brownsville" Dave Gallaher
"Tell Me Why" L. Beall & Al Ek
"I Wanna Get Wicked Wif' You Baby" L. Beall
"Blues Ain't All Blue" John Savage
"Tattoo Girl" L. Beall
"Ten Foot Tall Blues" L. Beall
"Stompin' Like A Zombie" L. Beall & Russell Garrard

"Lucky 13", Lucky and the Hot Dice, April 1999 on "Turbine Incredible"
"Reckless Boy" L. Beall
"Two Packs A Day" L. Beall & Russell Garrard
"Drifter Goin' Down" L. Beall
"Little Darlin" L. Beall
"Shotgun Shack" L. Beall
"Hallelujah" L. Beall
"Right Now, Right Now" L. Beall
"Petals On The Snow" L. Beall
"How Long, How Long" L. Beall
"Big Legged Woman" L. Beall
"Blue Angel" L. Beall
"There She Goes Again" L. Beall
"I'm Ready" L. Beall

"Renegade Rockabilly" Lucky and the Hot Dice, April 1998,Renegade Records
"Big Fat Mama" L. Beall

"Renegade Rockabilly" Laurence Beall, April 1998,Renegade Records
"Where You Used To Be" B. Poore & L. Beall

"The Complete Recordings of Marti Brom" session player (acoustic guitar) on 5 songs, May 1992, renegade Records

Marijuana's Greatest Hits Revisited" Various Artists Compilation
Lucky and the Hot Dice, "Jack I'm Mellow"

Rockin' the STAR CLUB Laurence Beall & The Sulltans 1989, Star records, Oshawa Canada (Vinyl LP)
(side one)
1. Folsom Prison Blues (J.Cash)
2. Cruisin' For Love (L. Beall)
3. On The borderline (L. Beall)
4. Roberta (l. Beall)
5. Done Nothin' All Day (l. Beall)
(side two)
1. Midnight Special (H. Leadbetter)
2. Vampire Comin/ Who Do You Love (L.Beall, Ellas Otha Bates)
3. Movin' On Down The Line (L. Beall)
4. Petals On The Snow (L. Beall)
5. Linda Lee (L. Beall)

"Vampire Comin" Laurence Beall & The Sultans, 1986 Turbine Congressional Records
"Vampire Comin" L. Beall
"On The Borderline" L. Beall
"Inside My Heart" L. Beall
"Cruisin For Love" L. Beall

"Tight Butt" b/w "Reptile Rhythm" vinyl 45, The Reptile Rhythm Band 1983

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I play music that doesn't want to be stuffed into any particular pigeon hole too tightly. Some of it's rockabilly, some is blues, some of it's rockabilly and blues rolled into one. Some of it is old honkey tonk style and some of it is soul music. It's Americana. I sure hope you like it.

I've played music my whole life all over the US, parts of canada and some of Europe. I've also had about 200 different jobs, like tying steel in a big ditch or working as a stage hand and as a high rigger, I've driven a truck, I've worked 2600 feet under ground in the worlds largest copper mine, built scaffold 150 feet in the air for a rock show. Sometimes the music was in-between the jobs and sometimes the jobs were in-between the music.

I left home when I was 15. My mother was off her nut just a tad and my dad was a mite overbearing - so I left. People would look at it now and say I was homeless, (and I was), but I felt like I had hit the lottery to be out of that house. But.... it was a damn lot of work surviving because 15 year old kids don't get payed much at a vegetable stand, a car wash, as a dishwasher - you know what I mean.

I've had troubles but I've survived just fine and and maybe that's why they call me "Lucky".

I'm just gonna' leave out the chapter on romance. Let's just say, I've had a few.

Well, what's the point of all this? Just this; if I sing you a song it ain't about how I THINK it feels.