Check out Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears at the TLA on Saturday if you can

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I’ll tell you what, words are hard to find to describe Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears‘ specific genre. It jumps around a lot. I think this phrase from their website does a better job than I would in describing it: “a churning slab of rock & roll, blues and funk, laced with a double shot of 100-proof punkitude.”

I’d say it reminds me of that scene in Animal House when the fellas and dates walk into a roadhouse where Otis Day and the Knights are playing. It’s not R&B, it’s not country, it’s not straight-ahead rock. They call themselves “an Austin, TX-based garage soul ensemble.” Whatever it is, it’s a wonderful blend, particularly the throwback feel to a few of the tracks on their second album, Scandalous.

If I can get a babysitter, I’m going to head over to the TLA on Saturday to catch it. I highly recommend that if you’re not shore- or Poconos-bound and interested in hearing something that’ll amp (and sweat) you up, you should, too. I’ll bet it’s one of those shows after which you’re spent when leaving the building.

It’s rare that I call shows out like this. In fact, I think the last time I did was Ryan Bingham. And, it’s probably not a coincidence that they’re on the same label (Lost Highway Records). I only wish BJL&TH were playing the North Star like Bingham did. These dude’s would rule in that back room; they will at the TLA, too, I’d bet.

Info on tickets available via this link.

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