Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!
, the debut album from Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
is set for release by Lost Highway on March 17. Formed in Austin, TX, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears is an eight-piece, garage-soul ensemble featuring groove-laden guitars, penetrating brass and a fiery frontman who exudes power and attitude.
Experiencing the raw energy of Black Joe's performances, accompanied by The Honeybears' masterful backing is the equivalent of a kick to the stomach. Their gut-shot style, felt in such songs as "Gunpowder", "Master Sold My Baby" and "I'm Broke", draws directly from their classic soul, R&B and blues influences. Inspiration from artists such as Otis Redding
and The Bar-Kays
, James Brown
and Lightnin' Hopkins
are clearly present in their songs and live shows, but Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears inject a full-tilt, unabashedly brash element to this old-school style.
Audiences at the 2008 Lollapalooza, CMJ and Austin City Limits Music Festival witnessed electrifying live sets from Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, and people are talking. Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!
was produced by Jim Eno of Spoon
, and recorded, mostly live in the studio, in Austin, TX.