Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Black Joe Lewis gets down and dirty

If all goes well, I'll be seeing Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears strut their stuff on April 2nd. I posted up the opening track of their debut album Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! a few Sundays ago for Sunday Soul knowing that I'd be dipping into the bucket again for the entire album, because quite honestly, it's bad-ass.

The group comes out of Austin, Texas, but after listening to the album you'll swear they've got some deep Memphis in them somewhere. Their sound is a spicy gumbo of southern soul, funk, and blues that's unabashedly gritty, with the growling vocals of Joe leading the way. His genuinely raw lyrics tell it like it is, and he needs to shout a lot of the time to be heard over his equally boisterous band, with horns blazing, guitars wah-wahing, and electric organ uhhh ... organing along!

The album's ten tracks blaze by faster than you know it, with the band giving it their all from beginning to end. I can't wait to check them out live, laying down their hefty waves of sound. I'm not sure how Joe's voice holds up night after night in front of them, but I'm looking forward to finding out. Here's a track from the album, Get Yo Shit, a song that is unapologetically centered on Joe, and another from their recent Daytrotter session, a cover of a Junior Wells song, a seriously talented bluesman who played with many of the best.

Visit their website, their label Lost Highway Records, and become their friend on MySpace.


Junior Wells - Snatch It Back and Hold It
: Live at Theresa's 1975

Upcoming Tour Dates

25 Covington, KY - Madison Theater *
27 Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club !
28 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
29 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club !
31 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom !

2 Northampton, MA - Pearl Street Nightclub !
18 Nashville, TN - Vanderbilt University
23 Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue #
24 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant #
28 Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Amphitheatre #
29 Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre #
30 Mobile, AL - Saenger Theatre #

* with Heartless Bastards
! with Gomez
# with Robert Randolph

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