Willis Earl Beal's debut album Acousmatic Sorcery painted a portrait of an artist at something of a cross-roads. Here was a singer with a God-given talent that brought legends like Sam Cooke and Otis Redding to mind, but he was very much a product of his generation, sounding at times like Elliott Smith and other times like really early TV on the Radio. Now, Beal has a second album coming called Nobody knows., and this time around he seems to know what kind of artist he wants to be.
We've already heard the Southern Gothic spiritual, "Everything unwinds.," now Beal has shared "Too Dry To Cry," a stomping number seemingly unstuck in time. We actually had to stop and make sure this wasn't a recording that has existed for 50 years.
Nobody knows. is out September 10.