Willis Earl Beal looked like he was gonna be hot shit when he dropped some bootleg cuts on YouTube a few years back. Then his debut album came out and it was total shit. He played a couple of gigs in England, assualted a guy in Holland, then left XL Records and dropped off the face of the earth.
'Back to basics' is a verbal cop-out when it comes to music journalism (which is definitely what this is), but seeing as Willis is probably flat-broke atm, there's no better way to describe Traveling Eyes. In all seriousness, the man really can sing.
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