Willis Earl Beal

Chicago folk-blues wailer Willis Earl Beal has a voice that seems like it shouldn’t belong to a person alive in this century — a fiery, possessed, devil’s-chasing-me Old Testament groan. Below, we’ve got video of him playing an entire 36-minute set in Berlin, backed only by a reel-to-reel tape player when he’s not singing entirely a cappella. Watch it below.

Beal’s album Acousmatic Sorcery is out 4/3 on XL.

Comments (4)
  1. This is just incredible. And with a toothpick in his mouth!

  2. Perfect. Somebody build a time machine and get The Funk Brothers behind this man, ASAP.

  3. It’s good but he started losing pitch on the last song. He’s got a cool voice, but it seems like all the songs are going to be the same.

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