Sleepy Rocks

Sleepy Rocks

by Sleepy LaBeefSleepy LaBeef


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Sleepy LaBeef was one of dozens of second-string rockabilly acts of the 1950s who found a new and receptive audience in Europe, Great Britain, the Netherlands and parts of the United States in the '70s. But one thing set LaBeef apart from the sizable majority of his comrades -- Sleepy actually got better with the passage of time. When LaBeef began cutting new records in the '70s, his rich baritone voice had gained plenty of strength and seasoning after a few thousand honky tonk gigs, and thanks in part to a lack of interest in booze and drugs, LaBeef sounded every bit as energetic and enthusiastic as he did when he first started making records in 1957. Given the impressive number of labels he has recorded for over the years, it's no wonder there hasn't been a definitive Sleepy LaBeef collection up until now, but the cross-licensing specialists at Bear Family Records have finally put together a truly essential single-disc overview of his career, and Sleepy Rocks certainly lives up to its name. LaBeef never put much stock in the notion of songwriting, having recorded only a tiny handful or originals over the course of his career, but he's long seemed able to sing and play a little bit of everything, and though his deep voice led him to record a big stack of Johnny Cash covers for Starday (four of which make the cut here), he could also tackle Tennessee Ernie Ford ("Shotgun Boogie"), Clarence "Frogman" Henry ("Ain't Got No Home"), Johnny Horton ("Honky Tonk Man"), Chuck Berry ("You Can't Catch Me"), and Bo Diddley ("Ride on Josephine") and make each one sound as if it had been written with him in mind. Sleepy's Bo Diddley-ized cover of "Goodnight Irene" is frantic and unique, "Tore Up" is practically feral in its forward momentum, "Good Rockin' Boogie" fuses Roy Brown's classic "Good Rockin' Tonight" with a rockabilly backbeat and sends it into orbit, and even his rare major-label sides (he cut a single for Columbia that just skimmed the charts) sound tough and untamed. Sleepy LaBeef has been one of America's leading natural resources of honky tonk music over the course of a career spanning six decades, and Sleepy Rocks delivers a full 80 minutes of rowdy good times; if you're only going to own one Sleepy LaBeef CD in your lifetime, this is the one to get.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2008
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127159816
catalogNumber: 15981
Rank: 56649

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sleepy LaBeef   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Lead
Grady Martin   Guitar,Leader
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Jimmy Capps   Guitar,Lead
Terry Duncan   Piano
Gene Dunlap   Piano
Bobby Dyson   Bass
Joe Gillingham   Piano
Karl Himmel   Drums
Bill Humble   Acoustic Bass
Bucky Meadows   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Lead
Cliff Parker   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Lead
Herb Remington   Steel Guitar
Lonnie Seabolt   Bass
Howard Tibble   Drums
Hal Harris   Guitar,Lead
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
William Whitney Pursell   Piano
Kenny Krumbholtz   Electric Bass
Terry Nicholson   Bass
James L. Wilkerson   Guitar
Dave Travis   Acoustic Guitar
Steve S. Singleton   Guitar
Hal Higgins   Rhythm Guitar
Red Robinson   Rhythm Guitar
Earl Aycock   Rhythm Guitar
Brooks Barnes   Guitar,Lead
Clete Chapman Berg   Drums
Charlie Busby   Guitar,Lead
Wendall Clayton   Bass
Eddie Hammer   Drums
Dee Knipe   Guitar,Lead
Mike Schellachi   Drums
Carl Scroop   Piano

Technical Credits

Lead Belly   Composer
Tennessee Ernie Ford   Composer
Johnny Horton   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Sleepy LaBeef   Composer,Illustrations
Jack Clement   Composer
Clarence "Frogman" Henry   Composer
Hal Harris   Composer
Tillman Franks   Composer
Martin Hawkins   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Bill Millar   Reissue Producer
Dave Travis   Illustrations
Howard Hausey   Composer
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Scanning
Hoyt Johnson   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Jimmy Atkins & His Pinetoppers   Composer
R.A. Andeas   Illustrations
Linda LaBeef   Illustrations

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