|Black Joe Lewis|
I saw Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears open up for Flogging Molly. I’d purchased their album, Scandalous, before catching the show, which I feel is like sort of doing your homework. I was excited to see them, mostly on the strength of this one song and video, Mustang Ranch, which is simply fantastic:
They’re definitely showmen the lot. Black Joe Lewis and all the Honeybears played some wild stuff and got the Orange Peel hopping. And the music they played was great, but there’s a big but, which is possibly just a but for me…
They spent almost no time forming a rapport with the audience. They said a few things. A couple things. But there were no little stories, no jokes, and just not a lot of talking. Now I think that, perhaps, if I’d been following them for ages and ages, that I might have enjoyed having nothing but the music to speak for the group. But for me, I didn’t know them all that well and I wanted to.
So I didn’t feel a connection with them and, even though I really grooved on their music, I wasn’t wowed.
But it was still really freakin’ cool when BJL played the guitar with his teeth.
|BJL Playing the Guitar w/ His Teeth!|
And the horn section was just awesome.
|The Honeybear Horn Section|
As was their presentation.
|Wall o' Strings|
Members (courtesy of Wikepdia)
- Joe Lewis
- Matt Strmiska
- Zach Ernst
- Bill Stevenson
- Jason Frey
- Derek Phelps
- Joe Woullard
|Honeybear Backup Guitar|