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Sleepy LaBeef is a bawdy, exuberant performer whose musical skills are slightly above average, but whose heart and energy are kingsize. He rips through Western swing, rockabilly, R&B, and rock on this 14-track set, doing originals and vintage pieces with equal ferocity. LaBeef doesn't coast through any song; he sings "Standing In The Need Of Prayer" and "Strange Things Happening" with the same aggressiveness as "Sittin' On Top Of The World" and "Stagger Lee." His slashing guitar riffs and authoritative vocals setting the pace, Sleepy LaBeef makes music for those who feel the spirit, no matter what the song.

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The human jukebox, a Rockabilly legend.

Growing up in New York, Rockabilly is exotic music. Even Carl Perkins, who went mainstream, is exotic stuff. Then a guy like Sleepy comes to town and encapsulates everything good about Rockabilly. Suddenly it makes sense. And he certainly makes sense. It's nice to see he's become an elder statesman of his music. Nobody loves playing it more than he does, and nobody plays it better.


Born: July 20, 1935 in Smackover, AR

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Sleepy LaBeef became the ultimate rockabilly survivor, his live performances retaining the same raw power as he approached his eighth decade that they had in the years when he was among the music's pioneers. He was born Thomas Paulsley LaBeff in Smackover, AR. The 6'7" singer has heavily lidded eyes which make him appear half-asleep, hence his nickname. He was raised on a melon farm and grew up hearing both country and blues music. LaBeef moved to Houston at age 18, working at several odd jobs before...
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