To most of the folks in the greater Tri-Cities region, H. B. Beverly needs no introduction. He has been singing his songs to anyone who will listen for over 20 years now, and it seems he only gets better with age.
There were many problems encountered during the recording of "H. B. Beverly & 3/4 Time" - accidental erasure of 3 songs, flooding of the studio resulting in equipment damage, money problems, lightning striking the hard drives containing some of the songs and on and on. For awhile the project seem cursed. Nothing came easy. Even the first pressing of the CD was not mixed or mastered very well, and was recalled for not being up to industry standards.
Jim Price, who went up for a
Grammy award last year for his mixing of Doc Watson's latest album, came
in and remixed "H. B. Beverly & Friends" into the great-sounding CD that
it is today.
HB Beverly's music influences include the talented sounds of: James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, John Prine, and Jerry Jeff Walker, Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Jerry Lee Lewis, Steve Earle, and Jim Croce.
Trying to describe the
career of H. B. Beverly in a couple of paragraphs is quite a big challenge - and
probably won’t get done here, so we’ll just mention what he’s been up to
After H. B.’s first all-original CD, “Home Sweet Home”, was released in early 2000, he got a taste of why some of those artists were never heard from again. Shortly after the release of the CD, his record company folded (for all practical purposes) but yet, he had to fight it out in litigation with the company’s lawyers for over a year to gain release from their contract. Like so many others before him, the whole fiasco left him with a bad taste in his mouth for the business of music. But, after all was said and done, the music is all he knows.
WHAT OTHERS ARE
“Listening to HB play is like being in Key West, Florida. He takes you away to another time and another dimension that is just so special. He is a great performer who has tremendous diversity and talent...
...a great asset to the Tri-Cities!”
-Logan McCabe, Marketing Director-
“HB ... larger than life, immensely talented. For twenty years, HB has been a fixture among East Tennessee’s popular songwriters and singers. Try entertaining a large crowd of people all by yourself. HB makes it look easy, but it isn’t. I believe he is a part of that great lineage that, throughout history, has designated a certain very few individuals to be entertainers and poets for the many.”
-Dave Carter, Producer/Host-
One, WETS FM
“HB has something for everybody. What a great entertainer...people love him! Our organization holds a Town Festival each year and folks always ask for HB to return. No matter how full my schedule is, I make sure I leave myself open during the time HB is on stage so I can enjoy his performance.”
Chairman, Downtown Marion
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