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Saturday, August 13, 2016

David "Honeyboy" Edwards - I'm Gonna Tell You Somethin' That I Know - New Release Review - CD/DVD

I just received the newest release, I'm Gonna Tell You Somethin' That I Know, by David Honeyboy Edwards and it's terrific! Opening with Howlin' Wolf's Ride With Me Tonight, Honeyboy is accompanied by Jeff Dale and Michael Frank. Honeyboy, a young 95 years old at the time, plays solid lead LP jr. as he sings. If you haven't had the pleasure to see and hear Honeyboy, he is the real deal ... in my mind, one of the few, first generation pure delta blues men alive during our current generation. Singing blues like few men in modern times, Honeyboy keeps his own time. On That's Alright, Honeyboy shows real spark and enjoyment playing his trade in a private and up-close environment. Robert Jr. Lockwoodhas a more's Little Boy Blue and Jimmy Rogers' You're The One and really cool blues jams and Honeyboy's vocals are emotional and raw. Edwards cover of Oden's Goin' Down Slow is more uptempo but no less sensitive. His guitar riffs are ragged but fluid and expressive. Muddy Waters' Country Boy is one of my favorite tracks on the release with Honeyboy grinding it out. Robert Petway's Catfish Blues and Apron Strings is a particularly lively jam with Honeyboy flexing his guitar prowess. Expressive and authentic. Honeyboy slips on his slide for Sweet Home Chicago using an Elmore James guitar riff and his classic vocal style, this is a super groove to wrap the concert. Included on the release is a short conversation with Honeyboy about his younger life and Robert Johnson. You want the first hand info...this is as first hand as it gets.

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