Testimonials

“Sleepy LaBeef’s music is filled with the infectious joy that comes from loving American music unconditionally, and putting that devotion on display, night after night.”
– Paul Gaita

“A brisk count-off and Sleepy began his first song. And that first song went on twenty minutes.”
– Eddie Gorodetsky

“Sleepy speaks….liars tremble.”
– Nick Lowe

“His concerts are as grande as his measurements.”
– Entertainment Weekly

“Sleepy dug way down deep to deliver the type of performance that happens night after night in stage but is so much more difficult to come up with in the sometimes sterile environment of the studio, while the musicians hung on to every note, ready to change keys, tempos or even styles at a nod or a swing of the neck of Sleepy’s big Gibson.”
– Jake Guralnick

“Mr. LaBeef is a living, breathing guitar-picking history of American music.”
– The New York Times

“Sleepy’s voice is a volcano. He can be the saddest singer alive and the most boisterous often within the same minute.”
– Piscataway Review

“A remarkable trepository if the hillbilly, boogie and blues styles that form the roots of rock & roll.”
– Daily Variety

“A high-octane feast of good country music.”
– Billboard

“Sleepy LaBeef is a survivor. For close to three decades he has toured honky tonks, saloons and roadhouses dishing out genuine rockabilly and boogie music. He possesses one of the most distinctive and compelling baritone voices ever to be heard in rock. The music that he plays is not predicted on the nostalgia of the current rockabilly revival. Sleepy does not imitate tradition. Sleepy is that tradition.”
– Detroit Metro Times

“…LaBeef is the genuine article. Without him, the new regime of rockabilly would have less to emulate. Some music cooks, LaBeef roasts.”
– Los Angeles Herald Examiner

“…eclectic and encyclopedia sets…fluid guitar and subterranean rockabilly baritone…a set with LaBeef is an American musical education that shows he remains an original and a contender.”
– Chicago Tribune

“…fine performances by Sleepy LaBeef…the stuff constitutes a national treasure.”
– New York Times

“A full chest-driven, rafters-rumbling baritone that made the Mighty Cantab shake. A voice of authority, the voice of a man singing songs of love, liquor and water-head moccasins.”
– Eddie Gorodetsky

…with a six-foot-six, 270-pound frame and a voice that can rattle windows, there are few who have ever forgotten the experience of seeing him perform.”
– Nashville Tennessean

“He moves from commanding to demanding when he’s singing, and he knows what each style and each song requires for success. Throughout there’s a feeling of impending mayhem, barely in check and threatening to break loose at any time.”
– Dallas magazine
“…the kind of music that gives rise to goose bumps on one’s skin; it’s music with an appeal that’s as big as Sleepy is.”
– Goldmine Magazine

“Sleepy’s compact but wide ranging medleys are played with such an unaffected integrity that it’s hard to imagine anyone not enjoying them.”
– New Orleans Wavelength

“Sleepy inhaled deeply, opened his mouth wide and let loose. Suddenly, the stuffy, windowless Cantab Lounge was transformed into a sweat-soaked, undulating swamp. Sleepy led us through that swamp with shimmering guitar, hoo-doo drums and, above it all, that voice.”
– Eddie Gorodetsky

“And that is what is so different about Sleepy: not his background, which is common to a whole generation of singers, not his guitar or voice, unique though they may be. What sets Sleepy LaBeef apart is the same conviction and intensity that sets apart any great showman, the same ability to take himself and his audience seriously while taking it all with a grain of salt at the same time.”
– Peter Guralnick

“Over the years I’ve seen countless performances by Sleepy LaBeef. Whether it’s opening a big air open concert for Willie Nelson, playing an out-of-the-way New Hampshire roadhouse, headlining at a punk club or a European rockabilly festival, or making one of his regular stops along the endless road, Sleepy never fails to satisfy. Rearing back into his well publicized knowledge of over six thousand songs, Sleepy moves easily from country to blues to rock’n’roll, gospel, Cajun, or rhythm and blues: uniting them all under the all-encompassing definition rockabilly – which to Sleepy represents nothing less than freedom.”
– Jake Guralnick