David Honeyboy Edwards, Janis Martinson - The World Don't Owe Me Nothing - The Life and Times of Delta Bluesman Honeyboy Edwards (as told to Janis Martinson)


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This is the life story, told first person, of one of the last of the original delta bluesman - a man who was with Robert Johnson the night he was poisoned; a man who played with Charley Patton. From his birth to a sharecropping family in 1915 to his migration to Chicago and all the way until today, Edwards' life has been fascinating, and will thrill any blues fan.

Honeyboy Edwards is a national treasure, plain and simple. Here is a 92-year-old Mississippi-born-and-bred bluesman who along with maybe only Robert Lockwood Jr. and Pinetop Perkins, is the last living musician to sound anything close to the Blues of Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, Son House or Charley Patton. In fact, Honeyboy is likely one of the few living musicians to have sat with Patton, as Honeyboy did at Dockery's Plantation in 1931. On Shake 'Em On Down, Honeyboy includes powerful Patton covers with "High Water Everywhere" and "Pony Blues." And on the interview track of the disc (absolutely priceless), Honeyboy talks about being present when Robert Johnson was poisoned. Honeyboy has recorded for Alan Lomax and the Library of Congress, for Sam Phillips and Sun Records, and for the Chess Brothers.

Honeyboy's style is raw - pure Delta Blues. His are the Blues that make purists salivate.


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