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