From sharecropper's son to itinerant bluesman, Honeyboy's life reads like a distillation of the classic blues legends. His good friends and musical partners were blues pioneers Charlie Patton, Big Walker Horton, Tommy McClennan, Sunnyland Slim, and Robert Johnson, among many others. He saw some of the first blues musicians in the Delta: Tommy Johnson, Son House, and older artists unrecorded and lost to us. Honeyboy went on the road to play guitar at age seventeen with Big Joe Williams. He hopped the freight trains of blues lore - the Pea Vine, the Southern, and the Yellow Dog - and played the riverboats, juke joints, and good-timing houses along the dusty roads of the Delta. In the thirties, Honeyboy was playing in Handy Park on Beale Street during that seminal era of Memphis's music scene. Eventually the blues led him to Texas, to Deep Ellum in Dallas and to Houston, where he and the blues took on a new sound. In the late forties he brought a teenaged Little Walter to Chicago and together they played on Maxwell Street.
YA�This biography is a blend of music, history, and masterful storytelling. Edwards does not have any regrets about his 65 plus years as a traveling country-blues musician. Now 82, he lovingly describes community life and family events during this childhood. Arranged chronologically, the book transports readers back to the days of the Depression and the harsh realities of segregation. As a young musician, "Honeyboy" walked, hitchhiked, or hoboed to various destinations under the threat of vagrancy laws. He was arrested by white sheriffs or farmers and sent to the county farm or jail. He doesn't cover up the brutality that he experienced due to class and color. He spins tales of gambling, romance, and classic blues artists, both male and female. Finally he reflects on his God-given talent. He writes vividly of another time and place. Appendixes include brief biographical sketches on blues performers and their songs and Honeyboy's recordings. Black-and-white pictures depict the places and people he mentions. Honeyboy's passion for the blues and his strong recollections will absorb readers.�Connie Freeman, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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August 01, 1997
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