David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards
Live at The G-Spot (September 2010)
Omnivore Records/Pro Sho Bidness
A True Blues Legend Still Ripping It Up Aged 95!
Although I never saw him, ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards gigs at Newcastle’s Jumping Hot Club, in Newcastle, especially one from 1990 are still talked about in reverential turns nearly 27 years later.
This album and DVD is the last ever recorded show of a the man who was a contemporary of Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters and even Robert Johnson; playing alongside Jeff Dale and the South Woodlawners.
Even at the ripe old age of 95 (in 2010) Edwards genuinely ‘rips it up’ right from the get go! His guitar picking and warm, leathery voice on opening track Ride With Me Tonight right through to the finale Sweet Home Chicago are staggering for a man his age and prove that age doesn’t diminish talent.
The 9 songs here are pretty much Blues Classics/Standards but all done in Honeyboy’s inimitable way; slow, steady and right from the tail end of his Soul.
Even though he must have played and sung That’s Alright, Goin’ Down Slow and the spine tingling Catfish Blues thousands of times over the years, each is delivered as if it was fresh out of the box.
Personally I prefer the CD to the DVD; but on the latter you get too a genuine Legend at work (and play) alongside some seriously good musicians who compliment him on every note and the reverential looks they keep giving the singer are worth the entrance fee alone!
If you twist my arm I will plump for the final track, Sweet Home Chicago as my ‘favourite’ track here; but it really is a futile effort as it could easily be any single song as these versions are all snapshots of a time that history has tried to forget; but the likes of me (and you) won’t let that happen? Will we?
While you get both the CD and DVD as a package; each closes a little differently, with the CD including a bonus version of That’s Alright and the DVD a wonderful 20 minute portion of Dave ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards giving some tongue in cheek ‘advice’ to aspiring Blues musicians and some fascinating tales of Charley Patton, Big Walter Horton and most important of all….the nigh Robert Johnson died.
Both discs are beautifully packaged with a neat accompanying booklet telling a little of Edward’s background and history.
Released 20th January 2017