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Tuesday, 29 March 2011 13:26

Charting the Music: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, 'Scandalous'

Charting the Music: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, 'Scandalous' facebook.com/blackjoelewis
Written by Joshua Edwards
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Upon sampling the flavors of Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears' newest album, Scandalous, my toe tapping began. The mixture of soul and blues gets downright funky at times and just might cause the listener to get up and move.

The instrumentation featured on Scandalous is similar to that heard on any good soul album. Thumping bass lines, blasting horn melodies and woody-sounding guitars are a staple on this release. Tracks like "Booty City" are as funky as they come. While many tracks carry a dancing rhythm, others like "Messin'" and "Jesus Took My Hand" dive into slower blues territory, which is always enjoyable.  

The influence of past blues and soul greats can be heard on Scandalous. Lewis' vocal delivery style is just what one looks for in a blues artist -- he sounds unpolished and uninhibited. Gang vocals and hoots and hollers by the band members scattered throughout the album give a sense of band unity. After a couple listens you’re likely to be shouting along.

Written by Joshua Edwards, Music Department

On the KDHX Charts: #3 on Americana and #3 CMJ Top 30 for March 22, 2011.

This album can be heard on: Memphis to Manchester, Hip City and Sound Salvation.

Even more: Black Joe essaywriter Lewis & the Honeybears make a Midwest stop in Chicago at the Double Door on April 2.

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