Billy Eli : Hell Yeah

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Sell date: 10/2010
Label: CD Baby
Mfg's Catalog#: 5637683
CDC Part#: 1518801
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 Notes & Reviews
 
Billy Eli's style is rooted in his small town Southeast Texas origins, but transcends the Lone Star State to achieve an international reach. The Austin, TX-based singer and songwriter has been compared by critics to such stellar American music artists as Tom Petty, Steve Earle, John Prine and John Mellencamp, to name a few. And like them, Eli's music bears an indelible trademark that's all his own, nimbly riding the fulcrum where rock and country converge, and singing with fervent heart and soul about the range of human experience from sin to salvation. The Ithaca Journal in 2007 called Eli a 'recent addition' to the blue ribbon roster of notable Texas singer-songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely and Willie Nelson. His talents as a entertainer and storyteller in song have been honed to razor sharpness over decades of gigs, first in the honky-tonks and barrooms of Southeast Texas, and then later in his Austin home base as well as clubs throughout the American West, Southeast and in and around the city of Ithaca in Upstate New York, which has become Eli's second musical hometown. As Americana-UK.com notes, 'In a whiskey-soaked, honky-tonk drawl, Eli tells us tales of eating cheese enchiladas whilst doomsday beckons, gambling a life away on the slots of El Paso, how much whiskey mends a broken heart, and the simple idea that as long as you have a barmaid who is willing to sell you beer, what else matters?' Or as the San Antonio Express-News puts it more succinctly, Eli is 'the real deal.' Up until now, even for all the praise, Eli has been one of those 'best-kept musical secrets' that Austin's vibrant music scene is famous for. But with Hell Yeah!, his fourth album due out later in September 2010, that's now all about to change. It was produced by Patrick Conway (whose credits include recording work with Chrissie Hynde, Chuck Prophet, Jerry Harrison, Jim Campilongo and I See Hawks In LA, among others, as well as being a talented musical artist in his own right), and recorded in Trumansburg, NY and then polished to a fine finish in Austin with some of the finest players from the heart of New York State and the capital of Texas. Hell Yeah! Opens with a muscular one-two punch: the populist anthem 'People Like Us' that rocks out the country with nationwide appeal, and then the Lone Star State sounds of 'Spook Lights of Marfa.' Eli proudly shows his Texas pride as he serves up a tasty plate of 'Cheese Enchiladas,' and summons up the spirit of a rowdy and rocking night of big fun at your favorite bar on such fiery numbers as 'Down on the Border,' 'High Flyer,' 'Tore Down in Texas' and 'Spur That Pony.' He takes listeners for a ride on the road where he's spent a good part of his years on 'White Lines and Passing Lanes,' reminds of American music icon Johnny Cash with the Tex-Mex horns of 'Try Looking At Me,' and gets down to the essence of love and heartache on 'I Won't Be Waiting' and 'Way Up Lonesome.' All told, Hell Yeah! Draws it's strength from the best roots music traditions and then gives them a smart update to create country-rock that's custom made for the 21st Century we live in. Eli creates tales of such compelling true life resonance thanks in part to growing up in modest circumstances in the rural town of Livingston, Texas within the rolling hills and piney woods of East Texas some 55 miles north of Houston. It's a small town where the options for work are laboring on oil and gas pipelines or at the local sawmill and feed store. His family may have been poor, but their home was rich in music. 'We always had a record player and lots of records,' Eli recalls. His father was a fan of such Sun Records pioneers as Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, while his mother favored country crooners like Ray Price and Conway Twitty. Uncles and aunts close to his age hipped Eli to the rock, pop and soul sounds of the 1960s. He later was also drawn to the California country-rock of the early 1970s. 'All I ever wanted to do was play in Poco or with [steel guitarist] Sneaky Pete in the Flying Bu

 
 Tracks
 
People Like Us
Spook Lights of Marfa
Down on the Border
I Won't Be Waiting
If You'd Try Looking at Me Again
High Flyer
Way Up Lonesome
White Lines & Passing Lanes
Tore Down in Texas
Cheese Enchiladas
Spur That Pony to the Barn