Welcome to Orange Lewis
Review by Mike O’Cull, independent music journalist. www.mikeocull.com
The Beebe Brothers are Hal and Norman Beebe and together they make folk-influenced guitar-and-vocal music that displays the ability to be both haunting and memorable. The brothers have a sound that lives between folk music and 20th Century singer/songwriter styles and is quietly enchanting. On Welcome to Orange Lewis, they spin tales and melodies that are organic and honest, two qualities sorely lacking in much contemporary music, and that pull people in and keep them listening. Many of the songs have an atmospheric gentleness to them that recalls the true, original hippie period of the mid-1960s with grace and respect.
Precious little background information accompanies Welcome to Orange Lewis and it seems Hal and Norm want to keep attention focused on the songs at hand. This has become something of an industry trend and seems to be a reaction to the over-hyping ways of our modern world. Thankfully, the songs here are strong and easily carry the day. Listeners will enjoy “Ride the Wind,” “New Eyes,” and “Dreams Come True” but won't be disappointed if they take the record on as one long session. This is excellent, authentically human music that inspires thought and reflection. Anyone searching for cool emerging songwriters for their next playlist will find two of them right here. Good stuff.
LISTEN TO BEEBE BROTHERS ON SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/album/5P9jSjxpd7EKXKVLWSw2Lj?si=K4MyayjcTO6Si1g391x7UQ