Coachella 2011 Artist Preview: Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears:

Coachella ShowTime: Friday – April 15th (most likely 1-4 p.m slot)
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Band Members: Black Joe Lewis (vocals, guitar), Zach Ernst (guitar), David McKnight (tenor sax), Eduardo Ramirez (baritone sax), Darren Sluyter (trumpet), Bill Stevenson (bass), Matt Strmiska (drums), Ian Varley (keyboard)
Albums: Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is
For Fans Of: James Brown, Skip James, Howlin’ Wolf

Black Joe Lewis got his nickname “Diet James Brown” after hearing him for the first time at the 2009 Outside Lands Music Festival. I could describe his music as possibly being Punk Soul, but that too may be unfitting. It has the soul and funk of a young James Brown in his early years but combo’d with the fierce edge of what makes Punk music great to me. What’s may be most intriguing to me is “Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is“was produced by Spoon drummer Jim Eno, who was very pleased with the band’s spontaneity… “We were able to do about 75 percent of the album live, and that’s something that you very, very rarely do.” That immediacy jumps right out at you from the speakers. Sit back, grab your lady or your dude, grab a jameson rox and dip your paws into the Honey Jar. We certainly are.

“I’m Broke”…

“Boogie”

About the author

Justin LaBaw-Rivers, chief ninja at WELO, loves to write about any random happenings in the music, art, & design scene. An artist himself & a lover of life, it's not uncommon to find this kid singing karoake or dancing with friends at local watering holes until the doors shut.

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