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David "Honeyboy" Edwards

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In the early 21st century, living links to the immortal Robert Johnson were few. After the passing of Robert Jr. Lockwood in 2006, David "Honeyboy" Edwards was generally regarded as the last of the Delta bluesmen who had actually played and traveled with Johnson himself, and with Edwards' death in Chicago in August 2011 at age 96, that last link passed into history. For much of his life, Edwards was something of an underappreciated figure, but not in his latter years -- his slashing, Delta-drenched guitar and gruff vocals were as authentic as Delta blues ever got. Edwards had it tough growing up in Mississippi, but his blues prowess (his childhood pals included Tommy McClennan and Robert Petway) impressed Big Joe Williams enough to take him under his wing. Rambling around the South, Honeyboy experienced the great Charley Patton and played often with Johnson. Musicologist Alan Lomax came to Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1942 and captured Edwards for Library of Congress-sponsored posterity. Commercial prospects for the guitarist were scant, however -- a 1951 78 for Artist Record Co., "Build a Cave" (as Mr. Honey), and four 1953 sides for Chess that laid unissued until "Drop Down Mama" turned up 17 years later on an anthology constituted the bulk of his early recorded legacy, although Edwards was in Chicago from the mid-'50s on. The guitarist met young harpist/blues aficionado Michael Frank in 1972. Four years later, they formed the Honeyboy Edwards Blues Band to break into Chicago's then-fledgling North Side club scene; they also worked as a duo (and continued to do so on occasion for many years thereafter). When Frank inaugurated his Earwig label, he enlisted Honeyboy and his longtime pals Sunnyland Slim, Big Walter Horton, Floyd Jones, and Kansas City Red to cut a rather informal album, Old Friends, as his second release in 1979. In 1992, Earwig assembled Delta Bluesman, a stunning combination of unexpurgated Library of Congress masters and then-recent performances that showed Edwards had lost none of his blues fire. He remained active up through the first decade of the 21st century, collaborating with Henry Townsend (who died in 2006), Pinetop Perkins (another legendary bluesman from Edwards' generation who died in 2011), and Lockwood on Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live in Dallas, which won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album. David "Honeyboy" Edwards also received a lifetime achievement Grammy Award in 2010. The next year, Edwards announced his retirement due to his declining health. A month after that proclamation, David "Honeyboy" Edwards died from congestive heart failure on August 29, 2011. His first posthumous album, I'm Gonna Tell You Somethin' That I Know: Live at the G Spot, arrived in 2017. ~ Bill Dahl
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Stations Featuring
David "Honeyboy" Edwards

    All Blues

    All Blues
    9 songs

    Acoustic Blues

    Acoustic Blues
    1 song

Albums by
David "Honeyboy" Edwards

Top Songs by
David "Honeyboy" Edwards

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    Popularity
  2.   Gambling Man
  3.   I Was in New Orleans Last Night
  4.   She Worries Me All the Time
  5.   Roamin' and Ramblin'
  6.   Crawling Kingsnake
  7.   How Long
  8.   Boogie Rambler
  9.   Little Boy Blue
  10.   Riding the Rails
  11.   Talking About Little Walter
  12.   Just Like Jesse James
  13.   Strollin' Down Highway 61
  14.   Shake 'Em on Down
  15.   Shufflin' the Blues Conversation
  16.   Angel Child
  17.   Love Me Over Slow
  18.   Honeyboy Speaks With Pete Welding About Robert Johnson & Tommy Johnson by Pete Welding
  19.   Sweet Home Chicago
  20.   Sweet Home Chicago/Dust My Broom
  21.   Eyes Full of Tears
  22.   Freedom Train
  23.   Interview
  24.   High Water Everywhere
  25.   Big Fat Mama
  26.   Standing on the Corner
  27.   Maxweel Street Shuffle
  28.   Remarks by Honeyboy Edwards
  29.   Bullfrog Blues
  30.   That's Alright
  31.   Darkness Awakes
  32.   Loved Ones
  33.   Eternal Darkness
  34.   Jump Out
  35.   Freight Train Tale
  36.   Smoky Mountains
  37.   I'm Going Back Home
  38.   Heartache
  39.   Lula Mae
  40.   Apron Strings
  41.   Country Boy by Perry Townsend
  42.   Kansas City
  43.   Bumble Bee
  44.   Next Time You See Me
  45.   Lord I Got to Go
  46.   Bald Headed Woman
  47.   Anna Lee
  48.   I Feel So Good Today
  49.   Take Me in Your Arms
  50.   Banty Rooster
  51.   Ride With Me Tonight
  52.   Sad and Lonesome
  53.   Pony Blues
  54.   Catfish Blues
  55.   Ida Lou Blues
  56.   My Baby's Gone
  57.   You're the One
  58.   Skin & Bones Blues
  59.   Sometimes I Worry
  60.   Bad Rooster
  61.   Hambone Blues
  62.   Big Road Blues
  63.   Key to the Highway
  64.   Linda Lu
  65.   Over the Seas Blues
  66.   I Love You Baby
  67.   Worried Life Blues
  68.   Blues, Blues
  69.   The War Is Over
  70.   Blues Worry Me All the Time
  71.   43rd Street Jump
  72.   Lightnin' Struck the Poor House
  73.   I'm a Country Man
  74.   Blues Like Showers of Rain
  75.   Goin' Down Slow
  76.   You're the One for Me
  77.   Mr. Freddy Blues
  78.   West Memphis Blues
  79.   Trouble Everywhere I Go
  80.   Things Have Changed
  81.   The Woman I'm Loving
  82.   Louise
  83.   Bull Cow Blues
  84.   Monkey Face Woman
  85.   Drop Down Mama
  86.   Don't Be so Evil
  87.   That's All Right, I'll Be Around
  88.   Low Down Dog
  89.   Further Up on the Road
  90.   Long Tall Woman Blues
  91.   When I Came In
  92.   I'm a Prisoner
  93.   You're Gonna Miss Me
  94.   Things Gonna Be Alright
  95.   Louise, Louise Blues
  96.   When You Get Lonesome
  97.   The Army Blues
  98.   Blue & Lonesome

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