Will beeley passing dream


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Recorded in Jackson, Mississippi, 'Passing Dream' reveals the shifting musical direction of opposite sides of the 70's - a tougher, huskier, more alt-country sound emerging, presaging modern day troubadours like Chris Stapleton and Jamey Johnson. Released by Malaco Records in 1979, the album features the very first studio credit by guitarist Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm), drummer James Stroud (Marshall Tucker Band, Eddie Rabbitt), keyboardist Carson Whitsett (Paul Simon, Tony Joe White) and other crack studio players.

The reaction to Gallivantin' was light—if there was any reaction at all—and it forced Beeley to hustle as a songwriter, selling songs on behalf of Malaco Records because they wouldn't release his music on their own. "Malaco was an R&B label, so me not being R&B, obviously, as soon as they could lease it out to a major label, they did. Anyways, we didn't have a whole lot of luck with the first sessions, so in '73 we cut three or four more. They were pretty good sessions," he recalls. But these post- Gallivantin' sessions failed to yield any tangible successes, forcing Beeley to be, "The guy in the corner, in the lounge that nobody's listening to." The Holiday Inn gigs, the recording contracts, the songwriting gigs all failed to amount to a steady career. By 1976, Beeley asked out of his Malaco contract and they happily obliged. "I was able to write, that was what I wanted to do," Beeley tells me.


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