Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears

Of all the contemporary bands messing around with vintage R&B, funk, soul, and blues, none come close to the raw, primitive, incendiary, sweat-drenched glory of Austin, Texas's Joe Lewis and the horn-stoked Honeybears. Shouting, growling, and testifying like James Brown, Wilson Pickett, and R.L. Burnside rolled together, Lewis howls with blistering intensity about lyin', cheatin', and dangerous livin' while his guitar slashes viciously and the Bears weigh in with a taut tumult of raunchy rhythms and blazing horns. The band's new Scandalous ricochets from stark Delta blues to talking blues to punk-informed blasts out of north Mississippi, Memphis, and Detroit. Nearly as wild is the Tennessee female trio Those Darlins, who apply a punk ethos to a genuine feel for country roots, with convincing covers of the Carter Family and Uncle Dave Macon joining nice originals. (Photo by Cambria Harkey)
Sun., April 3, 7 p.m., 2011

 
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