American blues rebel Bill Lyerly has a fascination with Europe that follows the tradition of two other 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 listen to his alternative blues. Lyerly´s new album, Too Hurt To Cry, is a collection of 11 songs recorded in the United States and mastered at the legendary AbbeyRoad 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 the blues and American roots music. Greats Lyerly has performed with include: REM, Paul Rodgers, Gregg Allman, Eric Burdon, Levon Helm and many, many more.
"Praiseworthy, the venture of a Basque label in favor of better blues. A genre accused of being stationary, yet even so it squashes its critics with energy, perseverance and good, new songs that do not receive the necessary attention from those in charge of connecting artists with their rightful audiences. Now it is this American musician’s turn, coming from the East Coast, who pulls out from under the brim of his hat a collection of his own songs that prove that his past – he has performed with all-time greats like Gregg Allman, Leon Russell, Johnny Paycheck and David Allan Coe – is part of his present. Structured as if it were a concert, it features a spectacular rhythm that accelerates progressively, with guitar solos that are laid back at first, but then finish with sheer madness, as if it were Stevie Ray Vaughn or a young Johnny Winter. The record also features Steve Earle as an invited artist, although the truth is that Earle's vocal contribution could have been sung by any aspiring bluesman. If his name –printed on the cover – helps to increase sales, great, but it would be unfair if he eclipsed the magnificent work of Bill Lyerly. Now that my curiosity has been aroused, I am going to look for Bill's previously recorded music."
- Elmo Lewis- Ruta 66 - June, 2009.
Some months ago, American singer song-writer and guitar player Bill Lyerly decided to settle in Spain. So, he has already published an excellent cd for Gaztelupeko Hotsak records, with eleven own songs including blues and Americana music. In fact all songs were previously recorded and mastered at UK Abbey Road studios, UK. Bill Lyerly has a wide musical career and he has shared stage or played with such great artists like Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Paul Rodgers, Gregg Allman, Leon Russell, Hank Ballard, Eric Burdon, Fabulous Thunderbirds or Delbert McClinton. A powerful and gratifying album, which will purify your soul and recover you body. Congratulations Bill for your fruitful thirty years into the music business and this amazing present you give to good fans. GREAT.
La Hora Del Blues- October 2009
"This album brings some serious American music. I call it this way as it mixes deep blues with roots rock and other sounds that are typical for USA, it’s hard to hear such a tasty stew anywhere else. With a tight band behind your back, strong vocals and some catchy melodies making the songs sound so well “Too Hurt Too Cry” is a CD worth having and enjoying!"
- Przemek Draheim- The Voice of the Blues- radio program- Poland