Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears – Tell Em What Your Name Is Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears – Tell Em What Your Name Is

Black Joe Lewis - Tell em what your name is

Black Joe Lewis - Tell em what your name is

Austin’s got soul baby, but you already knew that, from W.C. Clark to Janis Joplin. Texas now has a fresh face along with a new attitude. Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, lead by the explosive showmen Black Joe Lewis, and backed by a tight seven-piece. This young acclaimed band is storming out of Austin with their debut album titled, Tell em what your name is. The record was produced by Jim Eno and released on Lost Highway records. Tell em what your name is, while not revolutionary, has contrived a fresh sound throughout Austin, with plans to turn on the rest of the country.

The record is playing as I write lying down in my garage, cigarette in my mouth, and I cannot think of a better setting for releasing this paramount noise into my eardrums. The dirty raw power of this record just screams garage; with oil on the ground, thick smoke in the air, and Black Joe Lewis shouting at my neighbors to “get yo shit”. Soul, garage, blues, funk, or punk, its all rock and roll to me, and Joe Lewis amplifies that dirty sound.

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears punch in with the aggression of the Bad Brains through “Gunpowder”, combined with the precision and soul from Dyke and the Blazers, with tracks like “Surgerfoot”. Tell em what your name is exposes Black Joe’s obvious James Brown influence, expressed with Robert Johnson’s feel for the Delta Blues. Now add percussions off a Circle Jerks record with a funky rhythm section and Black Joe Lewis and lands somewhere in the middle.

The Majority of Tell em what your name is was recorded live, which complements their high-energy sound. Joe Lewis is not trying to experiment with his vocal range, nor do we want him to! With thought provoking and hilarious lyrics, Joe Lewis soulfully shouts his way through this record, and I fucking dig it! Catch Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears this May on their west coast tour with Lucero. Lets hope that with the opportunity of “success,” on the horizon, that their sound does not stray from the dirty rock and roll we love.

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears - Tell Em What Your Name Is, reviewed by JC on 2009-04-27T23:09:56+00:00 rating 4.0 out of 5



2 Responses about “Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears – Tell Em What Your Name Is”

  • Sam says:

    I have never heard Black Joe Lewis. However, I think once I fix my record player…I am going to ride down to the record shop on my bike. Beg for change at the front door. Once I have enough money I am going to buy the Black Joe Lewis album. Then, set up my record player and speakers in a radio flyer wagon on sunset and blast that shit.