By Rick J BowenBlack Joe Lewis and The Honeybears that make up what they describe as "garage soul," but the main ingredient is pure unadulterated fun. Every track on the band's second release Scandalous sounds exactly like a band having a great time doing what they love to do.
Lewis formed the Honeybears with Zach Ernst, who rides shotgun on guitar, and helped create a muscular road-seasoned eight piece band that sounds like James Brown singing in front of a funky punk band from the Deep South. Track one "Living In The Jungle," hits you with a full frontal assault from the Hard Proof Honeybear horns alongside some heavy guitar all propelled by a crack rhythm section that gives way to Lewis shouting "welcome to the jungle, everybody get up and find the groove."
The Dallas gospel funk band, The Relatives, make a guest appearance on the raucous "You've Been Lyin," turning it into a Sly and the Family Stone style house party. Another standout track, "Mustang Ranch," is the true story of a road trip from Salt Lake City to San Francisco with a late night stop at the infamous brothel, delivered by Lewis with fierce comedic timing over a classic highway boogie sounding every bit as hilarious as Eddie Murphy in his prime.
Scandalous showcases a band on the move, and having a riot getting there.
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears will be performing at the Crocodile in Seattle on Saturday, April 9, 2011. Click here for show information...