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