Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
Austin’s Black Joe Lewis is humming a different tune than his soul-revival peers. Backed by a collection of funkmongers called the Honeybears, Lewis pumps out dirty barroom jams, spiced with classic Stax Records grooves, in a garage-rock fever. To tunes already sizzling with sex and sweat, the Honeybears pile on fat horn licks and yowling, vintage guitar riffs. Over it all rides Lewis’ vocal-cord-splintering howls. After blowing away fans and critics at 2008’s South by Southwest, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears brought a blazing debut with 2009’s Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is! This is one Texas get-up you’ll want to mess with.