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David "Honeyboy" Edwards

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

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