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“Honeyboy” Edwards, the last of the original American delta bluesmen, died last night. David "Honeyboy" Edwards
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lived a life soaked in the blues. At age fourteen he was travelling with Big Joe Williams
, performed with many of the leading bluesmen in the Mississippi Delta (such as Tommy McClennan
, Charley Patton
, Tommy Johnson
, Johnny Shines
, Big Walter Horton
, Son House
, Little Walter
, and Yank Rachell
). He was discovered by renowned folklorist Alan Lomax in 1942 a week before Lomax stumbled upon the then unknown McKinley Morganfield
. He ran with Robert Johnson
a few years after his mythical deal with the Devil, where Johnson allegedly sold his soul in exchange for talent and fame, and was even at Johnson's deathbed, after he was poisoned by a jealous juke joint owner.
"He was one of the very few remaining living links to the heyday of delta blues in the 1930s, and has been revered as a national treasure for years", writes AmercianBluesScene.com, and he was one of few remaining original practitioners of the acoustic Delta blues style:
Honeyboy Edwards at WBEZ Chicago Public Radio
Sweet Home Chicago
Just Like Jesse James
You're The One
"Despite his advanced age," writes
the Chicago Reader's David Whiteis, "Edwards can still attain an almost frightening intensity, delivering lyrics in a dark, throaty shout and ripping single-note phrases from his fretboard as if he were tearing them out of the Delta soil itself."
While not as celebrated as his contemporaries, Edwards stayed on the road, performing for blues fans and sharing his stories of the old days
. He wrote a biography (World Don't Owe Me Nothing
), was featured in a documentary
, and only announced his retirement--at age ninety-six!--last month.