David "Honeyboy" Edwards Blues Legend

Honeyboy

Honeyboy at the Chicago Blues Festival 2000
Honeyboy at the Chicago Blues Festival 2000 | Source
The first live Honeyboy show
The first live Honeyboy show | Source
At the King Biscut Blues Festival 1999
At the King Biscut Blues Festival 1999 | Source

The Legend

I first saw Honeyboy in 1997 at a small venue in Hamilton Oh. that seats about 300. He was the opening act and my friend John and I just sat there through the whole set blown away. Oh shit, this guy is the definition of the "Real Deal". We were told after the set that he'd be in the lobby signing copies of his CD's. After hanging around for quite a while it was obvious it wasn't happenin'. Oh well, back inside to see the headliner (neither of us had any idea how this guy was gonna' pull off that task). He took the stage and to his credit he said that Honeyboy was the real deal. True, I don't think he was even through the 2nd song when John and I looked at each other and having known each other for 30 years and having mostly the same taste in music just got up and walked out the door. Since then I've seen Honeyboy Edwards I think 4 times. Twice at the King Biscut Blues Festival in Helena Arkansas, once at the Chicago Blues Festival (see photos) and the last time was at a very small club in Northern Kentucky where I got to meet and have a drink with him. That's where I had him sign the copy of the photo from Chicago. He was also kind enough to sign several other items for me including a copy of his book "The World Don't Owe Me Nothin' ". I have a really special thing for this guy, he's seen and been through more bullshit in his life and still, at the age of 95 takes that hypnotic Delta mudbone blues on the road about 100 days a year. I keep checking to see if he's appearing anywhere reasonably close in hopes to get to see him one more time before one of us leaves this planet but if I don't I can at least know that I had the most humbling pleasure of getting to hear and meet a true blues legend Mr. David "Honeyboy" Edwards and I'm thankful for that. Give him a listen and enjoy the "REAL DEAL". Peace!! Tom                             http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Honeyboy_Edwards (if you'd like to read more)

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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

that first video was rather shakey...LOL...LOT'S OF good rhythm I must say...seemed a bit tinny maybe the recording...

I'm a country man was good...bet it is fun to be there in person...you sure have been around and always bring a new look in music...Thanks.

Loved the last one...great job...:O) Hugs Merle Ann


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Yeah I took photos at the shows and had to rely on youtube for these. It is fun he's just like you and me. I had a shot and a beer with him. He's a treasure, glad you liked him. Peace!! Tom


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

I think it was 1986 at the New Orleans blues festival I saw and heard him play, he was knockdown good, and there were a few like 2 more that just locked me up with amazement of their sound. I don't see any videos up there? am I blind or just dumb? hehe, the tinny sound he gets whith the finger slide and the first three strings up high on the neck of his guitar. It's like Willie and his nylon strings on his Martin G2, a "trade Mark sound" if you can't here the difference in voice you sure can tell it n guitar sound like his song "Working Man"

Great hub on sadly a dying breed that is probably one of the best experiences I ever had, seeing him and Lightning Hopkins play back to back and together on that trip.

What a trip back in time for me thanks 50


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Awesomely beautiful Tom! God bless you brother - and that Justin too!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Damn, I'm thinking here that nobody has a video on a hubpages usable platform, or you'd have us one here.

Man, that would be some good motivation, really, to know you can blow your headliner out of the water. I know that's gotta be fun. . . .but you can't get nobody to tour with you! haha!


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Damn Todd, the videos are under the comments but are not real good. If I'd known that I'd have done one myself instead of just shooting stills. Yeah, he don't need an opening act that's for damn sure. Tom


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Good to see you, as always, brother Micky Dee. Tom


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Hey 50, the damn videos are under the comments, my bad. I'm glad you had a chance to see him, I never got to see Lightning I bet that was killer too. It's a dying breed for sure. Willie is one of my all time favorites too. Couldn't believe he got busted for weed a few weeks back, WTF? You're always welcome man, I love doing this kind of stuff. (It keeps my angry side in check :D) Peace!! Tom


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

That's cool I'll watch them now, never thought of looking past the box, I miss stuff a lot by not scrolling further, Peace,Dusty


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Well, now I feel slow, didn't see those down there.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

50 and Todd, that's my bad, I should have put them above the comments so I'm the dumbass on this one (probably won't be the last time). Later!! Tom


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California

Oh my goodness Tom I've never even heard of him. I wished that I'd heard about him sooner, so I could be on the lookout for his appearances. He's so good.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Freta it took me too long to find him too but I was glad I did. Peace!! Tom


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FCEtier 5 years ago from Cold Mountain

Love the blues! Thanks!


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

You're quite welcome FC, thanks for checking it out! Peace!! Tom


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Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Another new experience for me, you always teach me so much. what a find, I love you my dear friends and that means forever. Thank you for always sharing the coolest stuff...rate up, love & peace darski


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Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Another new experience for me, you always teach me so much. what a find, I love you my dear friends and that means forever. Thank you for always sharing the coolest stuff...rate up, love & peace darski


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Dar, I'm glad you enjoy this stuff. You know I love you too girlfriend. Peace!! Tom


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I liked music very much. I always accompanied by music every time I write a hub and replay comment. Blues is one of my favorite music. Actually I never knew David "Honeyboy" Edwards. But now, I know him so well by reading your hub. I really enjoy all the video you gave to us. Beautiful and it sound great. Thank you very much. I give my vote to you. Happy New Year 2011.

Blessing and hugs,


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

Oh man! Thanks for introducing me to a great blues man. I love the blues and the people who made the blues.

Love and peace

Tony


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Prasetio and Tony, glad you enjoyed it and thanks for checking out Honeyboy, he's THE real deal! Peace and Love!! Tom

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