Brace Yourself: Black Joe Lewis is on Tour

blackjoe2The Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears 2009 tour will leave a steady stream of believers in its wake. It starts with Texas native Joe Lewis, who is raw and unapologetic. Songs on the new record “Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is!” are unfiltered and speckled with profanity, but ultimately inspired, groovy – and hilarious at times. They include titles like “Big Booty Woman,” and “Cousin Randy,” which tells the tale of crazy cousin Randy, whom Lewis suspects has the devil in him, because he decided to go fishing at 2 a.m. What you get is a modern infusion of soul, blues, funk, rock and bluegrass, all wound up in Joe Lewis’ imaginative lyrics and forceful, in-your-face delivery. It’s impossible to not prick up your ears to try and hear every word, every detail of every song.

UPDATE: Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears came to Chicago and we took them in. See Black Joe live and updated tour dates.

Brought up in Round Rock, Texas, Lewis was exposed to soul and blues early by his dad and uncles. He then ended up working in a pawn shop where he eventually picked up one of many hocked guitars and started playing. He then went from playing self-described “terrible” solo open mic gigs; to almost giving up music; to catching the attention of future guitarist Zach Ernst; to fronting a show for Little Richard; to touring with Spoon. In fact, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears’ new album got production help from Spoon drummer, Jim Eno, who said, “We were able to do about 75 percent of the album live, and that’s something you very, very rarely do.”

All the songs on this record, I just made up as I went along. I couldn’t do a lot of ‘em again if I didn’t have ‘em on tape.”  – Joe Lewis

Lewis already draws comparisons to James Brown. It’s justified – his influences include Brown and Lightnin’ Hopkins, and he even sounds  a bit like Brown. You can also feel some Otis Redding. Lewis is a smart man too, joining a talented cast of musicians in The Honeybears who, only assembled a few years ago, play like they grew up together. But this isn’t your granddaddy’s soul and blues band. It’s all original. It flows free. And there’s so much more coming – you just can’t stop something like this.

“The way I look at it, I have to step my game up every day,” says Lewis. “I look at it as a challenge. It’s great that we’ve gotten noticed, but we’ve got to keep those people interested and bring more people in. If you don’t keep moving forward, nobody’s gonna care – and I’m gonna make sure people really care about this band.”

You hear that buzzing? It’s Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears. They’re about to burst onto the scene, and all up in your town.

Head to the official website to hear some streaming tunes. You can also get a free video download of “Sugarfoot,” and free MP3 at Amazon MP3 store. You’ll be hearing this song all summer on the radio.

Below is a new video of “I’m Broke.”

Below that are the Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears 2009 tour dates – and they just added an August 7 date at Lollapalooza.


Jun 2 2009 8:00P Diamond Ballroom w/ New York Dolls Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Jun 3 2009 8:00P House of Blues-Dallas w/ New York Dolls Dallas, Texas
Jun 4 2009 8:00P House of Blues-Houston w/ New York Dolls Houston, Texas
Jun 5 2009 8:00P Emo’s Outside w/ New York Dolls Austin, Texas
Jun 7 2009 8:00P House of Blues-New Orleans w/ New York Dolls New Orleans, Louisiana
Jun 9 2009 8:00P State Theatre w/ New York Dolls St. Petersburg, Florida
Jun 10 2009 8:00P Culture Room w/ New York Dolls Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jun 11 2009 8:00P House of Blues-Orlando w/ New York Dolls Orlando, Florida
Jun 12 2009 8:00P Center Stage w/ New York Dolls Atlanta, Georgia
Jun 14 2009 8:00P The Music Farm w/ New York Dolls Charleston, South Carolina
Jun 15 2009 8:00P Amos’ Southend w/ New York Dolls Charlotte, North Carolina
Jun 16 2009 8:00P Norva w/ New York Dolls Norfolk, Virginia
Jun 18 2009 8:00P Trocadero w/ New York Dolls Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jun 19 2009 8:00P 9:30 Club w/ New York Dolls WASHINGTON, Washington DC
Jun 20 2009 8:00P Starland Ballroom w/ New York Dolls Sayerville, New Jersey
Jun 22 2009 8:00P Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ New York Dolls Brooklyn, New York
Jun 24 2009 8:00P Higher Ground w/ New York Dolls South Burlington, Vermont
Jun 25 2009 8:00P Pearl Street Nightclub w/ New York Dolls Northampton, Massachusetts
Jun 26 2009 8:00P The Chance w/ New York Dolls Poughkeepsie, New York
Jun 28 2009 8:00P Paradise Rock Club w/ New York Dolls Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 29 2009 8:00P Club Soda w/ New York Dolls Montreal, Quebec
Jun 30 2009 8:00P Lee’s Palace w/ New York Dolls Toronto, Ontario
Jul 4 2009 8:00P Red Rocks Morrison, Colorado
Jul 9 2009 8:00P Stubb’s Outside w/ Spoon Austin, Texas
Jul 11 2009 8:00P Chicago Folk & Roots Festival Chicago, Illinois
Aug 8 2009 2:00P San Jose Jazz Festival – Main Stage San Jose, California
Aug 8 2009 7:00P San Jose Jazz Festival – Blues Stage San Jose, California
Aug 27 2009 7:00P Salt Lake City Arts – Twilight Series Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct 4 2009 8:00P ACL Festival – time TBD Austin, Texas

New Music from Elvis Costello and Tour Dates

costello(Video and tour dates included) Homer Simpson once asked, “Has the whole world gone gay?” Well, no, but it seems the whole music industry has gone country. The latest to saddle up is Elvis Costello, with his new album, Secret, Profane and Sugarcane, released on June 2nd. Produced by T Bone Burnett in Nashville, Costello’s latest sound includes a dobro, fiddle, mandolin and accordion. But it still remains authentically Costello.

The music is fantastic – including an all-star cast of country and bluegrass legends Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Mike Compton, Jeff Taylor and Dennis Crouch. The album includes a couple of songs originally written for Mr. Johnny Cash, including “Hidden Shame.” There are also new, countrified renditions of previous songs, like “Complicated Shadows.” But true to style, Costello’s jarring, abrupt vocals permeate even the most country-sounding tunes, offering an odd mix of pop, punk and hayseed. While it’s a shift for London-born Costello, if you’re a fan, this one is sure to strike a chord. If you’re not a Costello fan, this probably won’t change your mind.

You can get small previews of each of the songs from the new album on Costello’s MySpace page.

Below is “Sulphur to Sugarcane” from Secret, Profane & Sugarcane.

Below that are Costello’s Summer 2009 tour dates.


Jun 9 2009 8:00P Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, New Jersey
Jun 10 2009 8:00P Beacon Theatre New York, New York
Jun 11 2009 8:00P Wolf Trap Vienna Wolf Trap Vienna
Jun 13 2009 8:00P Bonnaroo Festival Manchester, Tennessee
Jun 14 2009 8:00P Booth Amphitheatre Cary, North Carolina
Jun 16 2009 8:00P Ryman Auditorium Nashville, Tennessee
Jun 19 2009 8:00P Telluride Festival Telluride, Colorado
Aug 8 2009 8:00P Summer Sonic Festival Tokyo
Aug 9 2009 8:00P Summer Sonic Festival Osaka
Aug 15 2009 8:00P Dear Valley Festival Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug 17 2009 8:00P Mountain Winery Saratoga, California
Aug 19 2009 8:00P Wente Vineyards Livermore, California
Aug 21 2009 8:00P Wells Fargo Center Santa Rosa, California
Aug 22 2009 8:00P Jacksonville Jacksonville, Oregon
Aug 23 2009 8:00P Chateau St. Michelle Seattle, Washington
Aug 24 2009 8:00P Malkin Bowl Vancouver, British Columbia
Aug 26 2009 8:00P Ravinia Festival Highland Park, Illinois
Aug 27 2009 8:00P Fraze Pavillion Kettering, Ohio
Aug 28 2009 8:00P Massey Hall Toronto, Ontario
Aug 29 2009 8:00P Chautauqua Institute Chatauqua, New York
Sep 1 2009 8:00P Long Center Austin, Texas
Sep 2 2009 8:00P Nokia Theatre Dallas, Texas
Sep 3 2009 8:00P Cains Ballroom Tulsa, Oklahoma