Delta Bluesman

David "Honeyboy" Edwards

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Delta Bluesman Review

by Scott Yanow

One of the underrated greats of country blues, Honeyboy Edwards is heard on this superior release at the beginning and in the later part of his long career. A very authentic blues singer and guitarist who occasionally played harmonica, Edwards grew up in Mississippi and was captured by Alan Lomax in Clarksdale in 1942 for the first 14 selections on this CD. Already distinctive at the age of 27, Edwards was in Chicago during the 1950s but, despite being quite active, he hardly recorded at all until the late '70s. The final 13 selections on this CD are mostly from 1991 and they find Edwards being featured both solo and with Sunnyland Slim and Carey Bell in an excellent quintet, still singing and playing guitar with power. He also tells a few stories about the distant past. As of this writing in 2006, the 91-year-old Honeyboy Edwards, nearly the last link to Robert Johnson and Charley Patton in the 1930s, is still performing at blues festivals. Delta Bluesman remains his definitive release.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
David "Honeyboy" Edwards feat: Alan Lomax 00:27 SpotifyAmazon
2 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
David "Honeyboy" Edwards 04:29 SpotifyAmazon
4 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 00:58
5 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 02:32
6 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 05:53 SpotifyAmazon
7 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 01:05 SpotifyAmazon
8 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 01:46 SpotifyAmazon
9 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
10 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 00:49 SpotifyAmazon
11 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 03:15 SpotifyAmazon
12 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
David "Honeyboy" Edwards 01:09 SpotifyAmazon
14 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 03:50 SpotifyAmazon
David "Honeyboy" Edwards 02:27 SpotifyAmazon
16 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 04:09 SpotifyAmazon
17 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 03:35 SpotifyAmazon
David "Honeyboy" Edwards 01:01 SpotifyAmazon
19 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 03:52 SpotifyAmazon
20 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 00:40 SpotifyAmazon
21 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 04:19 SpotifyAmazon
David "Honeyboy" Edwards 01:14 SpotifyAmazon
23 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 04:37 SpotifyAmazon
24 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 03:31 SpotifyAmazon
David "Honeyboy" Edwards 01:18 SpotifyAmazon
26 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 03:20 SpotifyAmazon
27 David "Honeyboy" Edwards 04:36 SpotifyAmazon
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