Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

David Honey Boy Edwards CDs

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Document Records have only the one David "Honey Boy" Edwards CD available, but what a CD it is. Recorded in 1975 and originally released on vinyl (Roots SL-518), the sound restoration is excellent as is the quality of Mississippi Delta Blues being played.

In June 2005, David "Honey Boy" Edwards made a guest appearence at the 22nd Chicago Blues Festival. In the August 2005 edition of "MOJO" Honey Boy's picture appears on the opening page of the top international rock magazine alongside of pictures of post-punk band the Young Knives and West African Blues guitarist Ali Farka Toure. Not bad for a ninety year old country blues man from Mississippi. As his age suggests Honey Boy has been a survivor.

Whether intentional or not, the selection on Blues, Blues plays like a micro potted biography of Honey Boy's life, with numbers by his friends Tommy McClennan and Chester "Howlin'" Wolf Burnett. From the personal Blue, Blues with it's sympathetic and "lonesome" harmonica accompaniment, to the Chicago blues fanfare by Robert Johnson; Sweet Home Chicago. His experiences as an itinerant musician is summed up in Big Bill Broonzy's Key To The Highway. Tales of betrayal and wrongdoing in love are told in Drop Down Mama with it's delicate slide guitar accompaniment. Images of the heat drenched Mississippi juke joints are conjured up as Honey Boy skips and bounces his way through I Love You Baby. The kind of hurt and loneliness only known by the experience of lost love is powerfully portrayed in When You Get Lonesome.

The Mississippi Delta country blues, and the way of life that Honey Boy experienced are brought to life by this true Afro-American artist. Honey Boy's rich and seasoned vocals set against his acoustic guitar, including some fine bottleneck slide guitar and wonderful rack-harmonica goes to the heart of the blues; "the Blues, Blues".

Brief Biog from Wikipedia
David "Honeyboy" Edwards was born in Shaw on June 28, 1915. He is a Delta blues guitarist and singer. Friend to legendary musician Robert Johnson, Edwards was present on the fateful night Johnson drank the poisoned whiskey that took his life.
Folklorist Alan Lomax recorded Edwards in 1942. Edwards is still touring the country performing and is the author of one book, The World Don't Owe Me Nothin', published in 1997 by Chicago Review Press. The book recounts his life from childhood, his journeys through the South and his arrival in Chicago in the early 1950s.

A companion CD by the same title was released by Earwig Records shortly afterwards. He has also recorded digitally mastered CDs and albums at a church-turned-studio in Salina, Kansas and released on the APO label.

Official David "Honey Boy" Edwards website

David "Honey Boy" Edwards appreciation website

 

 

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