Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears
There's only one way I can truly describe Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - they take it to church... As in catching the holy ghost, shout it out loud, hands in the air soulful funk the likes of which Sam and Dave, James Brown and Booker T. would be proud to call their own.
Fronted by the-way-more-soulful-sounding-than-anyone-his-age-should Joe Lewis, and backed by the tightest rhythm and horn section this side of the Soul Generals, the Austin, TX band is taking its party nationwide, stopping in the region this weekend for a couple of dates with Gomez.
Just listen to that nasty funk organ groove bubbling underneath "Sugarfoot," the first single off their debut release Tell Em' What Your Name Is! Can you really keep that booty from shaking just a little? I think not.
3/27/09: Chameleon CLub, Lancaster, PA
3/29/09: 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
mp3: Sugarfoot (stream)