Willis Earl Beal has shared a surprise new album after announcing his forthcoming European tour has been cancelled.
The Chicago musician was expected to play a string of dates around the continent in February, including one UK date at London’s Village Underground on February 18.
Posting on his Tumblr, he wrote: “Greetings. This is Willis Earl Beal with a most unfortunate update. My upcoming European tour has been cancelled. I want to thank the folks who bought tickets and assure them that this was NOT my decision.”
He continued: “At this point, the reason that I’m not touring is as mysterious to me as it is to you. Hell, if it were up to me, I’d go down there and sing a capella while standing on a milk crate on the sidewalk. Wouldn’t be the first time. I even told them this, but, to no avail.”
As a “peace offering of sorts”, Beal has shared a new album, ‘A Place That Doesn’t Exist’ for free. You can listen to the eight track record at the bottom of the page.
Beal signed off the post by declaring the title of the album “appropriate […] given my current place in popular culture and music (which doesn’t exist) […] Enjoy the tunes, enjoy your lives and don’t touch that dial. You ain’t seen or heard the last of Willis Earl Beal.”