Lest you think that Fitz and The Tantrums and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are the only grade-A R&B/soul outfits on the boards in the U.S., I am here to tell you let you know that Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears deserve a moment of your time. In fact, they may deserve all afternoon.
This Austin, Texas eight-piece lays down the full-on, chicken-shack James Brown nightclub experience, with a drop or two of ragged garage rock in the mix, and perhaps a bit of a dirty mind. No wonder Spoon's polymath drummer Jim Eno wanted to produce their debut, Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! The band's new album, Scandalous, rips right out of the box with this number. Another track, which wasn't necessarily suited for a family website, describes an uncomfortable-and-underfunded trip to Nevada's Mustang Ranch. That should tell you almost everything you need to know about Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears.