Led by the soul-shouting Joe Lewis, who is evoking countless comparisons to the likes of James Brown and Wilson Pickett, the eight-piece Austin band known as Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears is quickly gaining popularity outside of the city limits. Earlier this month Lost Highway Records released the band's debut album, Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!, which was produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno and features the horn section from Grupo Fantasma.
The album wastes no time getting the party started, combining elements of old-school funk and R&B with a blistering dose of soul power. In a live setting Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears are undeniable, with an explosive funk-soul boogie that frequently turns the audience into a stomping, sweaty mess. They will be on a US tour for the next two months, stopping back in Austin on May 8th for a show at Emo's with Lucero. Here's a cut from Tell Em: