Honeyboy Edwards exemplifies the well-traveled Delta bluesman. He made his first recordings for Alan Lomax and the Library of Congress in July of 1942 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He traveled throughout the South, and up to Chicago. Legend has it that on one of his travels to Chicago, he brought Little Walter there for the first time. His long and illustrious recording career includes releases on ARC, Sun, Chess, Folkways, Earwig, Milestone, Adelphi, Echo, Blue Horizon, Blues Classics, Flyright, Document, Roots, Trix, Testament, Evidence, and his Grammy®-award winning collaboration on the Blue Shoe Project label. Though in his 90s, Honeyboy’s touring schedule is greater than most musicians a third his age. His durable approach to blues is a time machine back into the glory days of prewar Delta blues.
Earliest known photo of Honeyboy Edwards, 1942, Clarksdale, MIssissippi by Alan Lomax.
Bob Corritore, Chris James, Honeyboy Edwards, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith
The Rhythm Room in Phoenix, Arizona
Honeyboy Edwards guitar case. Photo Tano Ro.
Wallace Coleman & Honeyboy Edwards at the funeral repast for Robert Lockwood, Jr.
The Agora in Cleveland, Ohio
(Photo by Bob Corritore)
Michael Frank & Honeyboy Edwards in Wales – 1993
(Photo by Dave Peabody)
Honeyboy Edwards at the Jazz Record Mart in Chicago – 1972
(Photo by Emmanuel Choisnel / Soul Bag)
Lightnin Hopkins, Clifton Chenier, Honeyboy Edwards
Honeyboy Edwards – Program from Carnegie Hall – April 10, 1979
(Photo Courtesy of Michael Frank)
Honeyboy Edwards portrait by Earl Klatzel.
Photo Michael Kurgansky
Honeyboy Edwards with Alvin “Youngblood” Hart and James Harman. Photo courtesy James Harman.
Honeyboy Edwards and blues journalist Robert Barclay.
Photo by Shein Die
Honeyboy Edwards at the Rhythm Room. Photo by Drew Verbis.
Photo by Jim O’Neal and Amy Van Singel.
Pinetop Perkins, Honeyboy Edwards, Jimmy Rogers.
Honeyboy Edwards by his Mississippi Blues Historic Trail Marker.
Bob Corritore and Honeyboy Edwards. Photo by Timm Martin.
Honeyboy Edwards illustration by Tom Walbank.