Rest in Peace “Honeyboy”…

30 Aug

Often called “The last of the great Delta Bluesmen” David “Honeyboy” Edwards has finally taken his journey to “Blues Heaven” at the age of 96 years old. He was a running partner of the legendary Robert Johnson, and it’s been told that Honeyboy even knocked a bottle of open whiskey out of Johnson’s hand the night of his poisoning at a Delta jook joint, after telling him not to drink from a unsealed bottle. (It seems Mr Johnson had been fooling around with the club owners woman-and he knew it, and was going to pay Johnson back for this…).  He was a gentle soul, who would gladly speak to anyone, and had been performing steady until April of this year, when ill health had finally slowed him down enough for him not to be able to perform publicly.

The following was taken from Bob Corritore’s e-mail:  August 29, 2011

RIP Honeyboy Edwards – June 28, 1915 to August 29, 2011. The legendary Delta blues artist Honeyboy Edwards passed away peacefully at his Chicago home at 3am this morning. He was 96. Honeyboy had formally retired earlier this year, due to a weakened state of health that did not allow him to tour. He is well known as a pioneer of Delta Blues, who made pre-WWII recordings. Honeyboy was a close associate of Robert Johnson, and the man who traveled from the south to bring Little Walter to Chicago for the first time. Born in Shaw, Mississippi in 1915, Honeyboy left home at age 14 to travel and perform with Big Joe Williams, which became the early model of his life’s activities. Honeyboy’s wonderful recording career started in 1942 when famed folklorist Alan Lomax recorded him in Clarksdale Mississippi for the Library of Congress. His prolific recording career boasts of releases for many labels over many years; ARC, Sun Records, Chess, Folkways, Trix, Testament, Evidence, Roots, Blue Suit, Blue Horizon, Genes, Blue Shoe, APO, Wolf, and of course the Earwig Record Label. He has received 2 Grammy Awards, 2 BMAs (Blues Music Awards), has been inducted in the Blues Hall Of Fame, received a fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts, and won a KBA (Keeping The Blues Alive Award) in the literature category for his brilliant biography The World Don’t Owe Me Nothing. His performances and recollections have provided us a window into the past. One must mention Honeyboy’s long association with Earwig Music label chief Michael Frank. The two met in 1972 and Michael would grow into the role of Honeyboy’s manager, harmonica player, and traveling companion. Michael has done so much to guide Honeyboy’s career, and we pray for his strength during this time of grieving. Visitation will be 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept 1, at the McCullough Funeral Home, 851 E. 75th Street, Chicago, IL 60619. There will be an open mike between 7 and 9pm for remembrances from friends and fans. A friends-and-fans gathering will begin at 8 p.m. at Lee’s Unleaded Blues, 7401 S. Chicago Ave. Services will be private on Friday. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the National Blues Museum. Honeyboy’s charm, wit and musical brilliance will leave a gap in the blues, never to be filled. The deep blues emotion that poured out of Honeyboy Edwards in each performance has left a lasting impression on the blues world. Thank you Honeyboy for the blessing of knowing you.
To hear Honeyboy Edwards 1942 Library of Congress recording of “Spread My Raincoat Down” click
To hear Honeyboy’s 1951 recording of “Who May Your Regular Be” click
To hear Honeyboy’s 1951 recording of “Build A Cave click
To see Honeyboy in the 2004 documentary film,Lightnin’ In A Bottle, click here
To see a photo page that we put together to honor Honeyboy Edwards, click

This Summer–LIVE MUSIC going out BIGGER THAN EVER!

22 Aug

If you love LIVE OUTDOOR MUSIC, then–this is the year for you. Friday Aug 26th is the next BLUES IN THE DISTRICT (Major Sponsor-The MMMWBS!) is DAVE HERRERO. 

THEN LABOR DAY WEEKEND-a new tradition hopefully starts…THE QUINCY MUSIC FESTIVAL at the the Oakley Lindsay Center! 3 Nights of music-including some great BLUES as well.

AND THEN-ON SEPT 9th & 10th is NEW AND IMPROVED “SMOKE ON THE RIVER BBQ & BLUES FEST”. Down at Kesler Park-we’re putting some serious BLUES into the BBQ this year.

GO TO OUR LIVE EVENTS PAGE FOR DETAILS ON ALL OF THIS…And if that isn’t enough outdoor blues for you-the outdoor season officially ends in our area with The Round Barn Blues in Kirksville MO on Sept 24th… PLEASE SUPPORT LOCAL LIVE MUSIC!!!

More info for aspiring songwriters

11 Aug

Sent to me, and taken from Candace Avery from the ISC, Songwriters CHECK THIS OUT…


Tom Waits, Tori Amos, Ozzy Osbourne, My Morning Jacket, Jeff Beck, McCoy Tyner, Duran Duran, And Kelly Clarkson Join Music Industry Executives To Select 2011 ISC Winners

August 9, 2011 – The prestigious International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has assembled a distinguished panel of judges for its 2011 competition. With the most high-profile judging panel of any music competition in the world, ISC offers songwriters and artists the unprecedented opportunity to have their music heard by iconic recording artists, as well as many major and indie record label Presidents, A&R executives, producers, music supervisors, and more.

Now accepting entries for the 2011 competition, ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among the 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $20,000 in prizes. Open to all levels of songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories that include all genres of popular music. Past winners have included artists from Grammy winners to hobbyist songwriters and everyone in between.

For information and enter, go to

Dream Big and GO FOR IT!-you may just be surprised….Jerry D, Webmaster