For IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS
With Tyra Hammond & The Bluebirds
Powerstation , Wednesday 7th December 2011
Tickets available Tuesday 11th October from Ticketmaster
For more information – to www.powerstation.net.nz
“It was Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears who were Splendour’s most unexpected triumph. Their modernised take on old school funk and blues set them apart from the 2004 hype bands which built the crux of the line-up’s remainder. With simple, measured grooves their spine, the Honeybears complemented the broken moan of Joe Lewis to perfection; the mingling of Matt Strmiska’s solos with guesting vocal troupe The Relatives making for one of the festival’s early highlights.” Sound Republic
“A lengthy walk to GW McLennan for Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears proves totally worth it as the Austin, Texas combo virtually breathe fiery, feisty rock & soul. “This lot would have easily killed at Bluesfest” is the thought going through many heads – including ours – as many, many more feet keep dancing to the horn-drenched stompers.” AAABackstage.com <http://AAABackstage.com/>
“Black Joe Lewisand his merry Honeybears provided the kind of bluesy, alt. country soul you’d expect from the house bands from True Blood and Treme. Epic – and I couldn’t feel my feet.” Junior Magazine
“Black Joe Lewis was the Friday highlight. They were probably booked off their live rep, and the astonishing spectacle of the slight Joe screaming curse words like a modern day Howlin’ Wolf was a sight to behold. With a swaying Honey Bears horn section (swaying!) and a tinny, but still brutal, double-guitar attack, any “modern-day pastiche” fears were put to rest with the call-and-response on ‘It’s Alright’ getting louder as it went on. A raucous ‘Booty City’ (check it here <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J8TjF2JlG0> at Coachella) followed, featuring the band screaming together into the one mic as Black Joe stretched his wail to breaking point — they were that good.” The Vine
Hard hitting, funking, raw soul with swagger that will leave you sticky and dirty ….
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears bring their sonic soul review to the Powerstation on Wednesday 7th December.
With two rock-solid albums – Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is and Scandalous under their belts , Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears are set to get you rocking!
Having toured with the likes of the New York Dolls, Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm and drawing influence from Elmore James, Howling Wolf and Lightnin’ Hopkins, Black Joe Lewis delivers a sonic assault of dirty blues, rock and soul delivered with his inimitable bite, backed the grit and raunch of the Honeybears it’s a trip baby and not for the faint hearted!
Opening the show will be Tyra Hammond & The Blue Birds ….
Tyra makes a welcome return to the stage. With Opensouls Jeremy Toy, Chip Matthews and joined by Alistair Deverick on drums – the quartet will take you on a blues journey.