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The story is a good one. Beal is said to have recorded this album on a karaoke machine with a $20 microphone while working nights as a hotel porter; he then promoted himself with hand-drawn fliers that included his home address and phone number. Whether the story checks out, the music here is primitive and evokes the sounds of Daniel Johnston, The Moldy Peaches, and lesser-known "outsider artists." Yet the songs are surprisingly conventional once one attunes to the barebones sound. Beal's voice is pleasant, and his lyrics paint pictures in unusual cadences. "Sambo Joe from the Rainbow" takes Bill Callahan's downbeat approach and adds a touch of sunshine. "Ghost Robot" turns in a primitive rap song that makes Beck's lowest-fi recordings sound polished. "Swing on Low" goes even further into automated sound. "Away My Silent Lover" comes across world-weary, with "Take Me Away" turning to blues via Tom Waits. This clearly isn't for everyone, but for those who enjoy the unusual and a challenge, Willis Earl Beal is an enigma worth figuring out. 

Customer Reviews

see him live

aklthough not the best quality, still good songs. he's fantastic in concert, go see him if you can

Take me away blows me away

This group of songs is beyond eclectic, but if you go through the tunes you will find some true gems. Take me away has a groove that will not quit and is reminiscient of Delta Blues and Tom Waits at the same time... Away My Silent Lover is a gorgeous ballad showcasing Willis' voice and a deft touch with lyrics...take a listen and decide what's good for you...the variety of styles is enough to offer something for everyone...

Very good work

Willis is a wonderful artist and very soulful also. All of his songs have a different sound and style. The low quality of the songs I find very cool. And no it's not terrible quality. Just not studio stuff. Hope to see him at the hideout in Chicago soon


Born: Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Chicago singer/songwriter Willis Earl Beal began his foray into the music business by tacking hand-drawn flyers all over the greater metropolitan area with his phone number and address. The flyers said "My name is Willis Earl Beal. Call me and I'll sing you a song. Write to me and I'll draw you a picture." Beginning around the end of the 2000s, Beal was busking in train stations and making good on the promises of his flyers whenever the occasional call came in. In 2009 Found Magazine graced the cover...
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