Friday, March 25, 2011

Show preview: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears at Double Door, 4/2

Posted by Mike Sullivan

After another successful outing at SXSW this month, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears are bringing their high voltage garage rock, soul and blues-infused party to the Double Door next Saturday, April 2nd.

With their previous album, Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!, topping the Billboard blues charts and gaining strong crossover appeal among indie fans after two years straight of touring, the boys from Austin are returning to Chicago in support of their sophomore album, Scandalous. Produced by Jim Eno of Spoon, Scandalous finds the young band returning with their modern and original take on classic American musical styles.

With influences including James Brown, Ottis Redding, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins and Elmore James, the group prides themselves on keeping their own style while staying true to the people they look up to. There are plenty of tight horns, a funky organ, hard-driving rhythm guitars and straightforward, soulful lyrics.

In an era of classic R&B being over sampled and the constant release of awful remakes, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears are definitely a welcome change of pace for those seeking something different. They are bringing powerful, '60s-era R&B into the 21st century. With all the hype and positive feedback the band have had over the past few years, this could be one of Chicago's most talked about shows in 2011.

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