Willis Earl Beal – Nobody Knows | Album Stream


Blues wordsmith and XL signee Willis Earl Beal returns with his second LP, Nobody Knows, which is set for release next week. You can take a listen to the record in advance via an NPR stream below.

Starting out as a homeless musician and ex-Army recruit in Alburquerque, Beal soon found notoriety through the posting of his free demo CDs throughout the town which showcased his baritone, spoken-word delivery of poetry and blues-soul set to powerfully minimal backings. His debut effort Acousmatic Sorcery was met with serious hype when it was first released last year following his signing to an imprint of XL Recordings and follow-up Nobody Knows is a return to his independent, un-signed days as it was written some years before, perhaps providing a glimpse into Beal’s vision for his ambitious aesthetic.

Take a listen HERE and watch out for the full release on September 10th.