“Backlash”, the 5th studio album by Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears was just released on February 10 and the band’s US tour is headed for Minneapolis where they will play First Avenue’s Mainroom on 3/6. Tickets are still available HERE.
On their new album Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears reclaim their original moniker and return to their much-celebrated take on classic soul and punked-up R&B. As Lewis explains, the band’s fourth full-length confronts the ugly reality of “dealing with the backlash from the things you’ve done in the past,” delivering a host of songs rooted in regret but steeped in a defiant spirit. Bombastic but nuanced, Backlash ultimately unfolds as an album both joyfully chaotic and intensely cathartic.
Recorded at Big Orange studios in the band’s hometown of Austin, TX, Backlash finds Black Joe Lewis joining forces with Grammy Award-winning producer Stuart Sikes (The White Stripes, Cat Power, Modest Mouse) and revisiting his most deep-seated influences. “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,” Lewis says. The band’s most stylistically adventurous work so far, Backlash expands their sound by bringing gritty guitar tones and Stax-styled horn sections to intricate, danceable arrangements inspired by the likes of Nile Rodgers.
Mar 02 Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
Mar 03 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
Mar 04 Metro Chicago, IL
Mar 06 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
Mar 07 The Waiting Room Omaha, NE
Mar 08 Knuckleheads Saloon Kansas City, MO
Mar 29 Launchpad Albuquerque, NM
Mar 30 The Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
Mar 31 Pete’s Place La Mesa, CA
Apr 01 Casbah San Diego, CA
Apr 02 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
Apr 04 The Independent San Francisco, CA
Apr 06 Neumos Seattle, WA
Apr 07 Fortune Sound Club Vancouver, Canada
Apr 08 The Wild Buffalo Bellingham, WA
Apr 09 Mississippi Studios Portland, OR
Apr 11 Neurolux Boise, ID
Apr 12 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 13 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
Apr 15 Lowbrow Palace El Paso, TX