This post showed up unexpectedly in my inbox last week. I came to know of Black Joe Lewis because of The Weary Boys back in the day. I’d been seeing his name popping up quite a bit as of late and had been meaning to check out his new album, Tell Em What Your Name Is.
This post from Romeo Sid Vicious finally prompted me to do so and lemme tell you. It’s awesome.
As a side note Romeo has a pretty awesome Red Beans and Rice recipe.
Allright, on with the post:
BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS
Until last night I had never heard of Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears. All I knew is that they were opening for Lucero. The band name sounded like something out of 1975 and their merch seemed pretty understated. But they were opening for Lucero and aside the one tour with The Honorary Title I have generally liked Lucero’s opening acts. I decided not to spend the first act outside smoking and knocking back Lone Stars and I didn’t reget it or head back outside until the last note from their set had faded.
The crowd was packed in and the fire marshal shut down ticket sales. It was a mass of bodies pressed together drinking, sweating, and laughing when Black Joe took the stage and the keyboard started up followed closely by the horns. The crowd was immediately into the music and it soon turned into a sweaty mass of writhing bodies all grooving to the sounds of the Honeybears and Joe’s vocals.
According to guitarist Zac Ernst’s dad (who waited in line with the rest of us) when Joe was shucking oysters he had a habit of breaking industrial oyster knives. Joe, and the whole band, approach their music with the same vigor I would imagine that it takes to break oyster knives. The venue, Walter’s on Washington, is one of my least favorite places to see a show because they never run the AC and always run out of beer. Even with the atmosphere being warmer and more humid than most saunas these boys belted out a full set with every ounce of their energy. They left it all on stage and played one of the best soul and blues sets I have ever had the pleasure of seeing.
If these boys ever manage to stop dragging their feet and tour outside of Texas more I have feeling they will blow up. Their music engages people and their personalities on stage and off make them simply bad ass.
You may have a chance to see them as they are on tour right now. Get your tickets in advance because they are opening for Lucero who are still playing dives they have outgrown and the shows are selling out. Lucero alone are worth going to see and are playing music off their new album due out in the fall but add in Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears and you end with a show you can’t afford to miss. So see if they are coming to your town and get off your lazy ass and go see these kids tear up the stage.
Autopsy’s fave Joe Lewis track: