Two Nights of Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears This Weekend

March 24th, 2011

Joe Lewis was working in an Austin, Texas, pawnshop when he first picked up a guitar. He began playing around-town gigs as part of a blues trio. But his interests also included, rock, soul and R&B, so Lewis branched out musically and eventually started playing with different people. Then things clicked. With seven talented backing musicians (including horns), Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears (above, playing “I’m Broke” in studio for Fordham University’s WFUV FM) have a big sound and so even the songs that are straight to the point, like “I’m Broke” or “Big Booty Woman,” will keep you moving. The Honeybears have earned comparisons to Stax Records groups—although keeping it local, they don’t sound too dissimilar from the Dap-Kings—and with his big, shouted vocals, Lewis’s name is mentioned alongside Wilson Pickett’s. The band’s second album, Scandalous, was just released and they play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow and Saturday. So if you like fun live music, you’ll know where to be.