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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
This major-label debut from Austin-based retro soul man Black Joe Lewis is reminiscent of the '60s R&B albums he so clearly adores, right down to its 30-minute playing time. Only one song breaks the four-minute barrier, with the rest at three and some just over two. Fans of the J. Geils Band's initial handful of releases will recognize the same "nuthin' but a house party" influences at work here, with perhaps less blues and more high-octane soul shouting. Lewis' snappy guitar peppers these tunes, but it's the eight-piece horn-enhanced Honeybears that provide the grease for these musical wheels. That's especially true on the instrumental "Humpin'," a succulent slice of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
This major-label debut from Austin-based retro soul man Black Joe Lewis is reminiscent of the '60s R&B albums he so clearly adores, right down to its 30-minute playing time. Only one song breaks the four-minute barrier, with the rest at three and some just over two. Fans of the J. Geils Band's initial handful of releases will recognize the same "nuthin' but a house party" influences at work here, with perhaps less blues and more high-octane soul shouting. Lewis' snappy guitar peppers these tunes, but it's the eight-piece horn-enhanced Honeybears that provide the grease for these musical wheels. That's especially true on the instrumental "Humpin'," a succulent slice of Stax-styled funk. This is hardcore, raw, unvarnished music that aims straight for the pelvis. Throw James Brown, Sam & Dave, and Wilson Pickett into a deep fryer and you're close to Lewis' knockout vocal attack. Jim Eno's production stays hands-off, like it should be, letting this tightly knit ensemble do what it does naturally with no interference. This is so authentic that if slipped into a mix of likeminded '60s R&B, only a handful would peg it as a 2009 release as opposed to one from four decades earlier. The band is as adept at laying down the steamy, slow funk stew of "I'm Broke" as it is the peppy call-and-response singalong "Big Booty Woman." Based on that title and others such as "Master Sold My Baby" an unusual deep Southern serving of R.L. Burnside/Junior Kimbrough blues, Lewis won't win any awards from women's rights organizations, but this music is so vibrant and uplifting that few will care. Fun, frisky, lascivious, and impossible to stay seated to, Black Joe Lewis has successfully tapped into a hip-shaking old-school groove that never seems forced and is completely contagious.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/2009
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • UPC: 602517953543
  • Catalog Number: 001252202
  • Sales rank: 2,374

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gunpowder (2:10)
  2. 2 Sugarfoot (3:18)
  3. 3 I'm Broke (4:08)
  4. 4 Big Booty Woman (3:05)
  5. 5 Boogie (3:16)
  6. 6 Master Sold My Baby (3:34)
  7. 7 Get Yo Shit (2:49)
  8. 8 Humpin' (3:00)
  9. 9 Bobby Booshay (2:45)
  10. 10 Please, Pt. 2 (2:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears Primary Artist
Black Joe Lewis Indexed Contributor
Bill Stevenson Bass, Bass Guitar
Joshua Levy Baritone Saxophone
Jim Eno Percussion, Drums
David McKnight Tenor Saxophone
Joe "Cannonball" Lewis Guitar, Vocals
Gilbert Elorreaga Trumpet
Bill Stevenson Bass
Leo Gauna Trombone
Josh Levy Baritone Saxophone
Zach Ernst Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Grupo Fantasma "Jewmex" Horns Horn
Officer Tiny Tony Vocals
Matthew Strmiska Drums
Ian Varley Organ, Clavinet, Various, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Joe Lewis Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Ben Cauley Composer
James Alexander Composer
Dana West Booking
Jeff Lipton Engineer, Mastering, Remastering
Jim Eno Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Geoff Peveto Art Direction
Ginna Faulkner Management
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears Composer
Allen Jones Composer
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