She'll Grow Back: Stagger Lee Saturdays - Sleepy LaBeef

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Stagger Lee Saturdays - Sleepy LaBeef

Hi there, folks. I'm worn out. In real life, I've been moving boxes full of books all morning, but in the interest of pretending this blog is my only life, let's say It's from cleaning up behind all those pirates. They can mess up anything. I've never seen so many apple cores and bones from various meats piled up before.

Since I'm tired, here's Sleepy LaBeef (official wiki AMG). Born to a Houston family of melonfarmers in 1935, he started recording in 1957, which means he's in his fifth decade as a professional musician. If you had to classify LaBeef, most people would call him either country or rockabilly, but he's got a lot of blues and straightforward rock in him too.

This is a great, full-steam-ahead rocking cover of Lloyd Price's take on Stag. Though LaBeef is a guitarist, his piano player is really high in the mix, which is a trait of a lot of great versions of Stag (for example, see here).

Sleepy LaBeef - Stagger Lee
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