Laurence ‘Luckyman’ Beall
The Huntsville Sessions
Columbia-based singer/guitarist Laurence “Luckyman” Beall truly embodies the genre of rockabilly. Not only does he look the part, with his high-rise hairstyle reminiscent of James Dean and Elvis Presley and sideburns extending half way down his cheeks, but his life story provides the subject matter to fit the rebellious attitude rockabilly originally personified.
Beall left a troubled mother, an overbearing father, and an overall dysfunctional home for good at the age of 15 to lead the life of a rambling teen, picking up odd jobs and playing music wherever he could. Just getting by and struggling to survive provided troubles for Beall, but he’s made it this far and that’s probably why he calls himself “Luckyman.”
His latest release, The Huntsville Sessions, is a 13-track effort that he recorded in Huntsville, Ala., last year. It’s a cohesive collection of mostly upbeat boogie-woogie blues, swing, and rock selections. The Delta blues-inspired tracks feature solid guitar twangs and wanting vocals that document Beall’s trials, tribulations, and romances throughout his life-long journey
One standout track, “Goin’ to Brownsville,” is seemingly an ode to Johnny Cash in sound and style that features great rhythm guitar work and fun, Deep-South-Baptist-church organ work by Dan Hoctor. Fans of rockabilly guitar tones might find a favorite in “Tattoo Girl,” a descriptive track with a straightahead rhythm and verses about women who “Give you [the] best hard time you ever had.”
All in all, The Huntsville Sessions rambles through bluesy riffs and rhythms that make one feel as if you’re on a Greyhound bus adventure through the South without any direction or care of finding a particular destination. Not to say the album isn’t cohesive; Beall stays true to his brand of rockabilly that incorporates blues and good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. (laurencebeall.com)