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Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

September 11, 2021
  • 29 Old Dewline Road, Truro, MA 02666
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    When Joe and his band, the Honeybears, popped onto the national stage over a decade ago, many critics embraced him but still, there were some that maintained that they hadn’t paid their dues. But Joe’s still here. Still going. Through it all, Joe’s only honed his mastery over gutbucket blues guitar and his true voice.

    Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, Cedric Burnside and Lightnin Malcolm, The Dirtbombs, Detroit Cobras, the Strange Boys; these are some of the artists that Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears shared countless bills with; almost a roll call of the most influential soul and garage bands of the last twenty-five years.

    Has the soul-blues garage explosion from that era been commodified or worked into the overall template of pop-rock? Sure. But the ground floor was a vital space for people that like guitars and grease and at this point Black Joe Lewis is one of the last standings that was there. Last of a dying breed. Or maybe a missing link. Does this make him a throwback? A throwback to a throwback? It’d be tempting and easy for Joe to go along with that but nah, we don’t think so.

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    Payomet Performing Arts Center

    29 Old Dewline Road, Truro, MA 02666