That band above gets stronger - RIP Honeyboy

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Yesterday morning at 3:00am, Mr. David "Honeyboy" Edwards took a final peaceful breath and left the mortal world to join that great band of musicians in Heaven. He was 96 years old and played shows until just a few weeks back when he announced his retirement from live performing.

This from his bio:

Edwards was born in Shaw, Mississippi. Edwards was 14 years old when he left home to travel with bluesman Big Joe Williams, beginning the life as an itinerant musician which he lead throughout the 1930s and 1940s. He performed with and was a friend of iconoclastic blues musician Robert Johnson.
Honeyboy was present on the night Johnson drank poisoned whiskey which killed him, and his story has become the definitive version of Johnson's demise. Edwards knew and played with many of the leading bluesmen in the Mississippi Delta: Charley Patton, Tommy Johnson, and Johnny Shines.

He described the itinerant bluesman's life:
“ On Saturday, somebody like me or Robert Johnson would go into one of these little towns, play for nickels and dimes. And sometimes, you know, you could be playin' and have such a big crowd that it would block the whole street. Then the police would come around, and then I'd go to another town and where I could play at. But most of the time, they would let you play. Then sometimes the man who owned a country store would give us something like a couple of dollars to play on a Saturday afternoon.
We could hitchhike, transfer from truck to truck, or if we couldn't catch one of them, we'd go to the train yard, 'cause the railroad was all through that part of the country then...we might hop a freight, go to St. Louis or Chicago. Or we might hear about where a job was paying off - a highway crew, a railroad job, a levee camp there along the river, or some place in the country where a lot of people were workin' on a farm. You could go there and play and everybody would hand you some money. I didn't have a special place then. Anywhere was home. Where I do good, I stay. When it gets bad and dull, I'm gone.

A set from the Great Honeyboy Edwards...Enjoy!


David "Honeyboy" Edwards
June 28, 1915- August 29, 2011



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7 Of Your Sparks

  1. Travis Cody Says:
  2. It is the nature of time that they leave us, but the music and influence they leave behind is priceless.

    I see that the sidebar is now back where it belongs.

     
  3. Looooooves me some one-man, one-guitar music...

     
  4. TRAVIS: I know, it just is sad that the last living connection to Robert Johnson has left us. Sidebar today - gone tomorrow! LOL. Still not on the home page though

    PHFRANKIE: And this one is some of the best

     
  5. JohnH985 Says:
  6. I always make it a point when I go to Jazz Fest to see as many of the older acts as possible, I want a chance to see these greats while they're here.

     
  7. Dianne Says:
  8. the music is like liquid
    it just pours out and over

    96!
    what a legend

     
  9. DrillerAA09 Says:
  10. Crisp, clean and a joy to listen to...the guitar and the voice.

     
  11. John: Agreed... Love seeing the older guys

    DIANNE: Great description

    DRILLER: Indeed!

     

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