Artist of the Day: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

posted by Matt Jarrells on 09/19/2017

September 19, 2017

Black Joe Lewis and his backing band the Honeybears are set to play a show at the Stache this Tuesday.  Based out of Austin, Lewis is heavily influence by artists like James Brown. Lewis immersed himself in the local Austin blues scene to prepare the 2005 EP Black Joe Lewis and the Cold Breeze followed by his 2007 self titled debut album. These releases helped win opening spots with Okkervil River and Spoon.

Lewis' big breakthrough Came in 2009 with a successful showcase at SXSW and the release of his breakthrough album Tell 'Em What Your Name Is. Produced by Spoon drummer Jim Eno, the album introduced the blues and soul music that had made him such a local sensation.  While promoting the 2013 LP Electric Slave, Lewis talked to music outlets about his desire to drop Honeybears from the name and performs as simply Black Joe Lewis. For Lewis the name was not meant to be serious, they came up with the moniker during rehearsals and as a joke they played a few gigs under the name and it just happen to stick. Unfortunately after dropping the Honeybears from the name, audiences became confused and assumed that he was now performing as a solo act.  The name would return in time for their latest release 2017's Backlash.

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