David Honeyboy Edwards: the blues at 95

David Honeyboy Edwards -- at age 94 and 3/4s one of very few survivors of the original Delta blues generation -- gigged at B.B. King's Blues Club on NYC's 42nd St. last week. He held the stage with little help from his two sidemen for nearly an hour, after receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Guitar Museum. His voice a warm burr reaching for a high, tight little cry, his acoustic guitar playing quirky but deliberate, Edwards was completely at ease delivering songs he's performed most of his long life. He knows … [Read more...]

NYC blues extra: Grammy winner Honeyboy Edwards @ BB King’s

City Arts, for space reasons, left off the last graph I'd submitted: True blue fans will flock to hear David "Honeyboy" Edwards, running buddy of legendary Robert Johnson and recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, at B.B. King's March 11. Edwards is 95, a lifetime achievement for any blues musician, and according to this report from two years ago, he can still play. Continuing with the strength that it has for more than 100 years is an achievement for the blues itself, and American culture, too. howardmandel.com Subscribe by Email … [Read more...]