|Press Clips ...
He's funky, but he's not chicken. His blues are red-hot.
Beavering away for twenty years,
Beau Hall is little known beyond Atlanta, GA, which is strange as the music the man
produces is appealing to both kids hooked on MAROON 5 and geezers marooned on John Lee
Hooker. It's boiling and bubbling with inebriating effect that sends a listener in a slow
jitterbug once organ and harmonica mesh for "Whatchagonnado". There's a great
dose of soul in the ten songs, "Can I Get Some Lovin'" oozes it in spades.
Beau's 'guy-next-door' voice and his careful guitar picking anchor it ear to the ground,
and the ground's shaking. Grounded in tradition, Hall shakes some good action even when it
comes to the beaten theme of "She's Too Rich For Me", its groove holding a lot
of restrained emotion that flood out in hushed desperation of "Sometimes I Cry"
dedicated to the friend who passed away. But there's no load at all: elsewhere, "I
Wanna Be The One" charts acoustic waters whereas "Superhot Lady Cop"
injects a fun-fuel into the fire. James Brown wouldn't be ashamed to come up with
"Swing Down". That's the debut!
|The Performer Magazine review:
new release of funky, blues-driven pop
Beau Halls fresh new release of funky, blues-driven pop opens with some soulful
Hammond organ playing and sharp harmonica riffs. Unh! will appeal to listeners with crafty
sense of melodic representation, instrumentally savvy up-beat song craft and passionate
vocal phrasing and lyrics. "Whatchagonnado" arrives complete with the genuine
blend of soul and spirit, not to mention a charming, original and well-thought out hook.
Halls vocals and words are pure and full of heart stirring emotional resonance,
seemingly always on pitch of each particular key. "I Wanna Be the One" features
the hyperkinetic buzz of Halls acoustic guitars which played with a great sense of
personality and bleeding with a percussive feel. The backing group of musicians consists
of experienced artists who add an edge that keeps these acoustic songs from falling flat
on the kitchen table, in terms of overall performance. ... Beau Hall and his band are
bursting with great promise, and a further project in the future ... will bring them to
higher heights in the music scene. The dynamics and slide guitar on ["Hell and
Ecstasy"] does help the albums appeal, as it is set with a more lively and
satisfying percussion than its neighbors. -- Shawn M. Haney
By Brooke Marshall
Entertainment Editor, The Emory Wheel
February 03, 2006
Beau Halls message is a simple one: This is me! I dont suck! I promise I
A joke? Yes. An understatement? A resounding yes.
Hall, an Atlanta native, has made a name for himself with that same self-deprecating
style. Hes a joker, but hes also sincere; he knows hes a skilled
musician, but he rags on himself nonetheless. This comes as no surprise, since this
attitude is a staple of the type of music Hall expertly performs as he put it
blues-rock thats very funky.
Indeed, through his renowned live shows and new album, UNH!, Hall has mastered the
trifecta of funk, blues and rock. He performs tonight at Jakes Toadhouse in Decatur.
Hall admits that despite learning three instruments as a child, he wasnt an instant
virtuoso. [Music] was never anything I excelled at, he said. So
its almost like musicianship probably comes second to my passion for just digging on
Despite being a slow learner, Hall still had a passion for music. I probably started
knowing I wanted to be a musician of some sort when I was probably 10, he said.
It just took me eight years to start getting serious with it.
Hall draws much of his style from the simplicity of the blues. But even a casual listen to
his music reveals layers that extend beyond this sound namely dance beats. I
wanted to do funky dance music because I love to dance, he said. Ive got
to dance. And so with that combined with the Rolling Stones, I sort of felt this
three-pronged passion for blues, rhythm and blues, and funk.
This translates well into Halls live shows. Energetic yet laid-back, funky and
groovy, Hall truly comes alive onstage in an intimate venue.
Hall said live performances give him a huge rush but only if the crowd gets into
it. I will play for free for the rest of my life if people get up and dance,
he said. Halls performances are confident and self-assured after all, he has
had nearly two decades to hone his craft. And yet, Hall has managed to hold on to the awe
of a musician just starting out. The first time that somebody was walking out of a
bar at 2 in the morning singing one of my songs, I remember that moment because it was
just like, Holy crap. This is it. This has happened, he said. When you
hear somebody remember your song, it qualifies what youre trying to do.
And with the recent release of UNH!, available on dynasonic.com, a larger audience has a
chance to discover Halls music. He is optimistic about its sound, yet realistic
about its chances for success. Everybody that hears it loves it, he said.
Im not even shooting for top 40. When and if that happens, thatll rock
Originally, Hall planned to play all the instruments on the album. But when he discovered
his drumming skills were somewhat lacking, he asked John McKnight a man whom he
described as bar none, the greatest musician in this city to fill in.
Hall said McKnights contribution and the studios support and ambition were
instrumental in the creation of UNH!. Highlights of the album include his tip of the hat
to Prince, Super Hot Lady Cop. Hall said that though some people may be
offended by the songs seemingly lecherous lyrics, hes being tongue-in-cheek.
Theres this guy thinking hes Gods gift to women using all these
hot pervo slang terms for how slick he is with a chick, and in the end she turns out to be
freakier than him it scares him, he said. But, UNH! is far more than just a
few funny funk tunes. On tracks like Sometimes I Cry, which is about
Halls high school girlfriend who died, he explores the darker, more painful side of
his life. The song is deliberate, almost ponderous at times, with a simple melody that
effectively highlights lyrics like, As hard as it was to say goodbye / I always
wonder what would have happened if you hadnt died / Sometimes, I cry / Wishing you
were still by my side.
Its a message conveyed in a deceptively simple way. Hall doesnt add frills,
and instead lets his sadness speak for itself.
Despite the personal nature of some of his work, Hall said he might try writing for other
artists. Ive had other people do my songs, and you sometimes are crazed
because theyre not doing it the way you want, he said. But its
kind of interesting hearing somebody elses take on it.
Regardless of whether Hall achieves commercial success, he said, he still enjoys playing
music, and that will keep him young as well as keep audiences entertained. After
all, he said, he doesnt suck.