Scandalous (Deluxe Version) by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears on Apple Music

15 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Black Joe Lewis’ main influences are classic ‘60s-era soul, funk, and R&B yet Scandalous is much more than a retro experience. No slavish imitator, Lewis adds his sound to a rich tradition with the aid of a powerhouse band and the result is raw and raucous fun. Gritty, chicken-scratch guitars, throbbing bass lines, crisp, funky drumming, and an airtight four-piece horn section back up the feral yowls and mush-mouthed grunts of Lewis. Picking up where their energetic debut Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is! left off, Lewis and the Honeybears offer more diversity this time while keeping the intensity high throughout. “Messin’” gets into John Lee Hooker country blues territory, “What Love Is” is a searing blast of garage rock, and the bawdy boasts of scorchers “Booty City,” “She’s So Scandalous,” and “Mustang Ranch” are tempered by the love song vibe of “Since I Met You Baby” and penitent mood of “Jesus Took My Hand.” Lewis and the Honeybears know how to lay down a greasy groove, and that never gets old.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Black Joe Lewis’ main influences are classic ‘60s-era soul, funk, and R&B yet Scandalous is much more than a retro experience. No slavish imitator, Lewis adds his sound to a rich tradition with the aid of a powerhouse band and the result is raw and raucous fun. Gritty, chicken-scratch guitars, throbbing bass lines, crisp, funky drumming, and an airtight four-piece horn section back up the feral yowls and mush-mouthed grunts of Lewis. Picking up where their energetic debut Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is! left off, Lewis and the Honeybears offer more diversity this time while keeping the intensity high throughout. “Messin’” gets into John Lee Hooker country blues territory, “What Love Is” is a searing blast of garage rock, and the bawdy boasts of scorchers “Booty City,” “She’s So Scandalous,” and “Mustang Ranch” are tempered by the love song vibe of “Since I Met You Baby” and penitent mood of “Jesus Took My Hand.” Lewis and the Honeybears know how to lay down a greasy groove, and that never gets old.

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About Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Austin, Texas-based Black Joe Lewis is a contemporary singer and guitarist with a bent toward vintage blues, soul, and R&B. Backed by his band the Honeybears, Lewis draws inspiration from such legendary "shouters" as Howlin' Wolf, Wilson Pickett, and James Brown, as well as smoother crooners like Sam Cooke. Black Joe Lewis released his debut album on Weary in 2007. Around the same time, his appearance at Austin's South by Southwest festival garnered increased fan and press support. In 2009, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears released Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! on Lost Highway, produced by Spoon drummer Jim Eno. The band toured relentlessly over the next year before reconvening at Austin's Public Hi-Fi studio with Eno to record the even grittier follow-up, Scandalous. The set contained an appearance by gospel group the Relatives on "You Been Lyin'." Scandalous was released on Lost Highway in March of 2011. In 2013, Vagrant Records released Electric Slave, which was simply credited to Black Joe Lewis. While Lewis was still working with his band, he'd grown tired of the Honeybears tag. But Lewis soon discovered that both fans and promoters imagined that its absence meant he was working as a solo act. After taking some downtime, Lewis brought back the Honeybears billing for 2017's Backlash (his first album for INgrooves Music Group), which also found him exploring harder grooves and a stronger rock & roll influence. ~ Matt Collar

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