Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Rhythm and Blues
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Editorial Review

Judging by how much old funk and soul vinyl people were buying and selling at the jam-packed D.C. Record Fair this past weekend, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears should be a big draw at the Rock and Roll Hotel. Newcomer Lewis does a fantastic job of re-creating every element of the old-school sound while also adding some garage rock swagger. His shouted, verging-on-hoarse, sometimes-explicit vocals are the centerpiece of each song, but the funky brass is what keeps the momentum going. This isn't smooth soul by any stretch; it's rough and gritty and all the better for it. Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm open at the Rock and Roll Hotel.

--David Malitz (Feb. 2010)