Gig: Honeyboy Edwards – Pacific Road – 02 June
Posted on: Thursday, May 8, 2008
DAVID ‘HONEYBOY’ EDWARDS
PACIFIC ROAD ARTS CENTRE, BIRKENHEAD
MON 02 JUNE 2008
It may sound cliché, but this June Pacific Road Arts Centre will become host to a true living legend. Born in 1915, the son of a sharecropper in Sunflower County, Mississippi, Honeyboy Edwards is the last surviving link to the mythological past of pre-war country blues – the last remaining original Delta blues musician.
The original Delta bluesmen travelled the southern American states during the 1930’s as hobos, roaming together from town to town. It was these musicians’ who shaped the blues from early folk music and later became one of the main influences on rock ‘n’ roll. Edwards left home at the age of 17, and knocked around the South for years as an itinerant musician and gambler, honing his unique style of Delta blues music. In 1956, Honeyboy moved to Chicago and soon gained his reputation as an outstanding slide guitarist.
“Mr. Edwards is among the last authentic performers in the blues… everything he does is infused with the rocking drive and hypnotic modal flavour of depression-era blues at its most intense.” – New York Times
“Despite his advanced age, Edwards can still attain an almost frightening intensity, delivering lyrics in a dark, throaty shout and ripping single-note phrases from his fretboard as if he were tearing them out of the Delta soil itself.” – Chicago Reader
DAVID ‘HONEYBOY’ EDWARDS appears at Pacific Road Arts Centre on MONDAY 2nd JUNE at 8pm. For tickets contact Box Office 0151 647 0752. Book on-line at www.pacificroad.co.uk