NEW MUSIC: Funky Soul from Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears on “PTP”

High energy funk soul band Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears just released the first single, “PTP”, from their soon to be released fourth full-length album Backlash. Backlash is set for release on February 10, 2017 on INgrooves.  When I tossed on my headphones to take a listen to “PTP” the horns and electric guitar intro instantly transported me to the 60’s (I think that my ‘fro grew a few inches).  The track is wild and free and filled with much of the revolutionary sound that made the music of the 60s and 70s so amazing.  “PTP” could be played on your record player at home, the 8-track player in your car, in a hot and sweaty bayou juke joint, or in a dance club in Brooklyn.  Pull out your bell-bottoms and stacked shoes then crank up the volume to listen to “PTP.”

If you are thinking about what to get me for Valentine’s Day or Black History Month, Backlash would certainly be a pleaser.  According to the band Backlash will be filled with their signature gritty guitar, Stax Records styled horn sections and MORE.

“I wanted to go for more of a soul/blues/rock-and-roll sound compared to the last one—the kind of stuff I was doing back in the day, but with the songwriting a little more evolved: – Black Joe Lewis

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Tour Schedule

Known for their can’t-miss, full-throttle live show, the 2017 North American headline tour, starts just after the release of Backlash.  The band hasn’t been on a major tour like this since 2013.  Be sure to catch them if they come to a town near you.  Add them to your music library and pre-order Backlash here and see full tour dates below.

02/14 Lafayette, LA – Blue Moon Saloon
02/15 Mobile, AL – The Merry Widow
02/16 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
02/17 Charleston, SC – Charleston Pourhouse
02/18 Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
02/20 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
02/21 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
02/22 New York, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
02/23 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
02/24 Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
02/25 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Lounge
02/27 Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa
02/28 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
03/02 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
03/03 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
03/04 Chicago, IL – Metro
03/06 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
03/07 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
03/08 Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads Saloon
03/29 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
03/30 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
04/01 San Diego, CA – Casbah
04/02 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
04/04 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
04/06 Seattle, WA – Neumos
04/07 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
04/08 Bellingham, WA – The Wild Buffalo
04/09 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
04/11 Boise, ID – Neurolux
04/12 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
04/13 Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
04/14 Taos, NM – Taos Mesa Brewing Company
04/15 El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace

A Texas native, Black Joe Lewis discovered his love for the blues soon after learning to play guitar in his late teens. Black Joe Lewis name people like Lightnin’ Hopkins and Iggy Pop among his main inspirations.  Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears have been putting out their own brand of classic soul and amped up R&B since in 2007.  “Sugarfoot” is one the tracks that gives you a taste of what the band feels like live.

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