Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
About Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears:
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears return with their mostsubversive record to date: an exploration of the sordid trappings of ego, isolation, consumption,waste, and war. Sonically inspired by the Hill Country blues, cowpunk, and thesouthern soul of Stax, this album charts new territory with a heavy stream oflyrical consciousness. This is The Difference Between Me & You.
The Difference is influenced by Lewis’first decade on the road, embodying a deep repertoire of sounds and drawingfrom: the heavy grooves of Albert King, the punked-up blues of R.L. Burnside,the storytelling of Bobby “Blue” Bland, and the soulfully layered horns of theStones. No one’s sound holds more weight than the next; all are all omnipresentthroughout.
The Difference Between Me & You is theband’s fifth studio album. And while it’s an approach that might veer slightlyfrom the typical sounds those who’ve followed the band are used to hearing, itwas a conscious step in a new direction for Lewis. When asked, Lewis says hewanted to “make a more complex and reflective record” than he had before.
About Dustbowl Revival:
Dustbowl Revival has always been about pushing the boundaries of what American roots music can be. In many ways, they could have continued creating joyful, booty-shaking songs and cut-to-heart folk-rock ballads that lift up their transcendent live shows – and mining new energetic material from the place where folk music, funk and soul meet.
But the band’s newest album, Is It You, Is It Me, coming January 31 via their own Medium Expectations label and Nashville’s Thirty Tigers, is something different entirely. Produced by Sam Kassirer [Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter] and engineered by Brian Joseph [Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens], it represents the latest stage in a band that never stops evolving and refuses to stand still.
After celebrating over a decade of sonic adventuring, playing thousands of shows together in ten countries and counting, and collecting a devoted and growing fanbase coast-to-coast, the six core members — founder Z. Lupetin, Liz Beebe, Josh Heffernan, Matt Rubin, Ulf Bjorlin and Connor Vance — knew they had to create something bigger.
Dustbowl Revival’s story started humbly. Nearly 12 years ago Z. Lupetin – a Chicago native who attended college in Michigan came to L.A. to be a playwright and screenwriter, grew disillusioned with his job in advertising, and placed a hopeful ad on Craigslist. He sought to find fellow musicians who shared his roving love of Louis Armstrong, Bob Wills, Old Crow Medicine Show, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin and the brass bands of New Orleans, but also wanted to write songs like Americana pioneers Wilco, Lucinda Williams and even Bruce Springsteen. There are still players in the group who responded to that initial odd quest.
“Maybe we don’t know where this journey will take us or how long it will last,” acknowledges Lupetin, “That’s my take on the importance of what we try to do. Music elevates us, lifts us up, makes us change our minds, takes us out of our comfort zones. If just one person can be moved by just one song, that’s enough.”