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CANCELED: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Lightnin Malcolm bring soulful blues rock to The Jinx


CANCELED: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Lightnin Malcolm bring soulful blues rock to The Jinx

05 Sep 2017

This event has been canceled because of Hurrican Irma predictions.

If you’re looking for a double dose of traditional American blues, roots and soul music this week, The Jinx and MusicFile Productions have you covered.

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears will make their Savannah debut Sept. 9 with Mississippi multi-instrumentalist bluesman Lightnin Malcolm opening.

Black Joe Lewis emerged out of Austin, Texas, the live music capital of the world, in 2007, catching fire behind a sound reminiscent of old-school blues, R&B and soul. Along with his band, The Honeybears, Lewis’ rump-shaking boogie soul pulls as much influence from James Brown and Wilson Picket as Muddy Waters and R.L. Burnside.

Lewis and company found themselves merged with Austin’s indie-rock scene from the beginning. Following two EPs, one which featured the popular blues jam “B!tch I Love You,” the band was propelled into the spotlight, touring with Spoon and Okkervil River in 2007. They followed that success with another EP in 2009.

In an interview with Exclaim, Lewis simplified the band’s ethos:

“I just never wanted to have us be anything other than a great rock ’n’ roll band,” Lewis said. “People might want to label us blues or R&B or whatever, but that’s not who I am. Sure, those things are a part of what I do, but mainly it’s all about putting on a good show and getting everyone having a good time.”

For their first two albums, (2009’s “Tell ’Em What Your Name Is!” and 2011’s “Scandalous”), they hit Austin’s Public Hi-Fi studio with now-famed producer and Spoon drummer Jim Eno. Along with Spoon, Public Hi-Fi and Eno have recorded and produced albums from Twin Peaks, Future Islands, The Hold Steady, The Shins, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Father John Misty and Bright Eyes.

In recent years, Lewis and The Honeybears have played Bonnaroo, Coachella, Sasquatch!, Austin City Limits, “The Late Show with David Letterman” and many more. The band’s fifth studio album, “Backlash” was released this year on InGrooves Music and charted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top Blues Albums. The ramped-up, high-octane album earned positive critical acclaim from major national media outlets such as Pitchfork.

Opening this killer double bill is Mississippi guitar slinger Lightnin Malcolm. Drawing from the deep well of country blues, electric blues and R&B music, Malcolm’s power rhythm guitar stylings embody the sun-soaked, swamp-drenched dirty south sound that gave birth to rock ’n’ roll.

Malcolm performs and records as a solo act, accompanied by his kick-drum, but has also earned recognition for his duo work. Teaming up with drummers Cedric Burnside (grandson of the legendary R.L. Burnside) and Cam Kimbrough, Malcolm has helped give the blues a fresh feel over his career. He’s released six albums under his name and appeared on several others, including 2008’s “2 Man Wrecking Crew” with Burnside.

On his latest album, “Outlaw Justice,” Malcolm’s deep soulful vocals helm a groove-based boogie blues record that harmoniously features traditional American roots stylings coupled with a contemporary rock feel.

According to MusicFile Productions, The Jinx is the smallest venue Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears are playing on this tour. Expect a packed house.