American roots rock rebel Bill Lyerly has a fascination with Europe that follows the tradition of two famous bluesmen with whom he has performed. Both John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddley found a great echo in the Old World for their music, a scenario which has also led Lyerly to establish himself in the Basque Country. This veteran guitarist, singer/ songwriter and keyboard artist has had a magnificent response from the public who flock to his shows. Lyerly´s new album, Too Hurt To Cry, is a collection of 11 songs recorded in the United States and mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. It features a duet with Lyerly´s long time friend and multi-Grammy winner Steve Earle. As with all of his records, Too Hurt To Cry showcases Lyerly´s own unique vision of American roots music.
Lyerly began his musical career at age eleven after first hearing the blues/rock influenced music of the British Invasion. He played with bands throughout middle school, high school and college and in 1975 co-founded Super Grit Cowboy Band, called ¨the South´s hottest honky tonkers¨ by the The Village Voice. In 1980 Lyerly signed with RCA Nashville and began writing and recording albums and CDs, which include: Prodigal Son, Higher Ground, From The Old School, Railroad Station Blues, Cobalt Blues, Motel Room Blues, Requiem Mess and The Twang Years. From 1999-2000 Lyerly was nominated for five CAMMYs, an East Coast rhythm and blues award, and won Best New Artist in 2000. Other greats Lyerly has performed with include: REM, Paul Rodgers, Gregg Allman, Eric Burdon, Levon Helm and many more.