Best of ’11: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Black Joe Lewis and the HoneybearsThe Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn’t Hear 2011
Track 5: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, “Booty City”

I said this about Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears back in March and it’s still true:

“After sharing a tune from their debut album with my friend Paul, he nicely summed up their sound as ‘Screaming Jay Hawkins meets Stax records.’ They pack more funk, soul, and blues into one single than most bands squeeze into a whole album.”

Joe’s sound is equal parts Robert Johnson and James Brown: deep delta blues stirred up with with sweaty funk and soul. And those horns! Damn, son. “Booty City” was a favorite of mine all year long — here’s why:

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