Although I admit my knowledge of blues is limited, I’ve always found the music to be either filled with melancholy or bubbling with sexual tension. And, I know enough to feel the best of either of those elements working within a song. Somehow Willis Earl Beal’s “Too Dry To Cry” finds itself with a little bit of both working in unison.
The song’s filled with an old-soul sound and instrumentation and Beal’s voice is everything – drawing you into his story. Then towards the middle ending, he breaks down and belts out the line “I got nine hard inches like a pitchfork prong, so honey lift up yo’ dress and help me sing this song.” And all you can think in response is “go ‘head Willis Earl with yo bad self.”
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