This is Willis Earl Beal. His story is about as interesting as his music. Less than two years ago Beal, who is now 27 years old, was living in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he had been since leaving his home of Chicago, Illinois in 2007. He is an artist in many disciplines. He draws pictures, he makes blues music, and he writes short stories. While out in New Mexico he began putting hand drawn flyers around town with his name, number, and information about himself in an attempt to find connections with people, something he really enjoys doing. He has claimed he’s always been a loner and is prone to depression. He quickly linked up with a music making couple and began writing songs. He would leave his music on blank CD-R’s around Albuquerque. Before long one of his flyers made it’s way to the hands of Davy Rothbart who runs a magazine called Found which focuses on found notes and other objects. He put Beal’s flyer on the cover of the #7 Issue and the response was overwhelming for a completely unknown artist. Since 2010 Beal has moved back to his grandmother’s house in Chicago where his younger brother also lives and has also finally released a collection of his music, writing, and drawings. He has signed with powerhouse independant label XL Recordings and will release his debut album titled Acousmatic Sorcery on April 3. The most interesting part about Beal though is that he still encourages his fans to contact him. If you visit his official website at Willis Earl Beal you can get his information on how to write or call him. If you write him he will send you a hand drawn picture and if you call him he will sing you a song. I have yet to try it but his marketing tactic has certainly caught my eye. I will be waiting eagerly for his album.
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I have just came back from the Chicago Broadway Show and it’s awesome! If you have seen the movie directed by Rob Marshall with Catherine Zeta Jones and Renée Zellweger, you will not be disappointed! In the musical, there is a huge orchestra in the middle of the scene. The orchestra is composed by sixteen musicians. Singers are incredible! It’s different from the movie but the songs and the choreographies are the same. Just before the show, I have received a playbill in which you can read biographies about the artists. I have checked on the internet if they have a website and a facebook page. They have so you can follow them and that’s very interesting to learn what they made before! Don’t hesitate if you want to see a Broadway show, I think that this one is one of the best show ever!
Video : This is a resume of the story !!! Enjoy :-)