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Strange Things Happen
Genres: Country, Rock
"My hair may be turning gray," Sleepy LaBeef sings on his new album, "but that don't affect the way I feel. There may be some snow up on the mountain, but there's a lot of fire down on the hill." The song is Muddy Waters' ... more »
"My hair may be turning gray," Sleepy LaBeef sings on his new album, "but that don't affect the way I feel. There may be some snow up on the mountain, but there's a lot of fire down on the hill." The song is Muddy Waters' "Young Fashioned Ways," and LaBeef sounds just like what he is: a restless 59-year-old hillbilly musician singing the blues. The hillbilly and blues elements in LaBeef's music have never quite blended and they bump up against each other as if he were reinventing rock & roll every time he makes a recording. His new one, "Strange Things Happening," comes closer to the unpredictable excitement of LaBeef's live shows than anything he's ever done in a studio. Coproduced by music historian Peter Guralnick and his brother Jake, "Strange Things Happening" jumps all over the musical map--from Wynn Stewart's Bakersfield-sound "Playboy" to Johnny Cash's rockabilly "You're My Baby," from Ernest Tubb's self-described "Waltz Across Texas" to Sister Rosetta Tharpe's gospelshout title tune. Believe it or not, that's a typical set list for LaBeef, who reportedly knows more than 6,000 songs from all genres. The common denominator in every performance is LaBeef himself, never subtle but always enthusiastic as he tries to reconcile his lusty taste for the blues and his romantic affection for country in his deep, bellowing baritone and his let-her-rip approach to the guitar. Seldom has he sounded as comfortable and spontaneous in the studio as he does with this small, responsive combo. --Geoffrey Himes
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Al V. (Al) from HOOVER, AL
Reviewed on 4/5/2010...
Sleepy as his name imp[lies has kind of a sleepy voice. But he wakes it up- nicely on this CD. This one's bound for my collection. Of note, so to speak, is Strange things Happening. Those who like the original Sister Rosetta Tharpe version from the 40's will also liek this one...even though Sleepy treats it way differently. Even if you listen to this, duba couple of sides and put it back up on the net, you should hear Sleepy LaBeff. he's different.
Boogie Woogie Country Gold
Raśl J. Tejeiro | Montevideo, Uruguay | 02/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Here's the stuff all real country singers should be made of:a great, strong voice, great guitar picking and a taste for high-energy music. If you don't get up and dance to the music of this rockabilly/honky tonk legend, then you must be deaf. He may be an older guy, but his guitar shines throughout the whole cd, and he breathes new life into classics that we have all heard before, yet they sound fresh in Sleepy's voice. Some folks like Bryan White or Faith Hill, who call themselves "country" should sit down, listen and learn from these legends, who are still alive and definitely kickin'."
Next best thing to hearing him live
Raśl J. Tejeiro | 09/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Representative of live performance. Get this CD, for starters. Had the pleasure to sit in with this gentleman on drums and do two of his tunes. Stagerlee was the one that rocked. And this gent can rock like nobody's business. All out showman and sincere about what he does, which is give a great performance putting his heart into it. A must hear whether on this or the other two CD's or if lucky, LIVE. Much underappreciated and waiting to be re-discovered by the public! Jim Sylvia"