Kyle T. Hurley, ‘Be-Bop-a-Lua’ [Exclusive Premiere]
London-based country-blues artist Kyle T. Hurley is premiering his new song “Be-Bop-a-Lua” exclusively for readers of The Boot.
As its name might indicate, “Be-Bop-a-Lua” takes influence from 1950s surfer tunes and adds a heavy dose of country twang. The song takes sonic and lyrical influences from Gene Vincent’s 1956 song “Be-Bop-a-Lula" -- covered later by Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers, among others -- but Hurley’s song presents a more grown-up version of the teenage heartbreaker found in Vincent's tune. Hurley changed "Lula" to "Lua" in his track in honor of his daughter.
"Her teacher said her dream was impossible / To play the way she felt inside," Hurley sings in "Be-Bop-a-Lua." "But she got a guitar, showed 'em how to play along / And to tap their feet ..."
Hurley nods to Vincent and his contemporaries, including Bill Haley (of Bill Haley & His Comets), with a shoutout that comes just after the second chorus of "Be-Bop-a-Lua," as he and his band jam.
Now based in the United Kingdom, Hurley was born near Philadelphia, Pa., and spent years playing in the clubs of Los Angeles. “Be-Bop-a-Lua” will appear on Hurley’s sophomore album, KTH II, the follow-up project to his self-titled debut, released in 2014. KTH II was recorded in London and finished at the iconic Abbey Road Studios (yes, that Abbey Road Studios), and it features guitar from Robin Banerjee, who played in the late Amy Winehouse’s band.
KTH II is set for release on April 19.
Listen to Kyle T. Hurley, "Be-Bop-a-Lua":
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