Honeyboy Edwards – Mississippi Delta Bluesman


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David "Honeyboy" Edwards embodies the continuity from blues' Mississippi Delta roots to electric Chicago blues. Honeyboy's string-snapping guitar riffs and soulful voice harken back to his friends and teachers Charley Patton, Big Joe Williams, Tommy Johnson, and Robert Johnson, who first forged the blues in Delta jooks and at country suppers during the Depression. Edwards crisscrossed the South in the company of such blues giants as Big Walter Horton, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Little Walter Jacobs. He settled in Chicago, where a post-WWII electric blues boom set the pattern for modern rock and roll. This recording captures him in a relaxed, unplugged, solo moment. Deep Delta blues from Robert Johnson's sidekick, whose searing vocals and stinging guitar bridge pre-war and post-war blues. Reissue of Folkways 3539. 44 minutes. 26-page booklet.

Track Listing:
1. Big Fat Mama - 2:58   2. Catfish Blues - 3:30   3. Sweet Home Chicago/Dust My Broom - 3:57   4. Blues Worry Me All the Time - 3:36   5. Ride With Me Tonight - 3:33   6. Next Time You See Me - 4:27   7. Remarks by Honeyboy Edwards - 2:06   8. Pony Blues - 3:28   9. Things Gonna Be Alright - 4:07   10. I Feel So Good Today - 3:33   11. Further on up the Road - 4:20   12. You're the One - 2:50   13. Bumble Bee - 2:31

David "Honeyboy" Edwards (guitar, vocals)


1. AllMusic - Richie Unterberger
Edwards presented a mixture of originals and covers of songs by the likes of Tommy Johnson, Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf, Charley Patton, and Memphis Minnie on this solo country blues session, originally issued by Folkways in 1979. There's nothing extraordinary about this album, true, but it's solid Delta blues that feels lived in. Edwards does much to add interest and variety to the material by varying between chording and single-string playing and high and low notes, and changing the rhythms unpredictably, sometimes with a stop-start feel. His husky voice is warm and communicative, if not as distinctive as some of the legends he hung out with, which included Patton, Robert Johnson, and others.

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