As we cross the millennium mark, fans of the blues and roots music are fortunate, indeed, to have among us one of the forefathers of the genre, David Honeyboy Edwards. Honey, a gifted guitarist and storyteller, knocked around the Mississippi Delta with the likes of Charley Patton and Robert Johnson back in their day, and now, at 84, he still delights in kicking it with the kids. Aside from his encyclopedic songlist, played in all keys with ageless finesse, Honey is a living history book of American music and folklife, a man who shares his gifts with uncommon joy.
At the time of these recordings, Edwards was laboring in Chicago?s Great Society construction boom, separated from the music scene by realities such as changing tastes, family life and just plain bad luck. Good friend Big Joe Williams lured him out of obscurity and into a mobile recording studio set up in Chicago?s old Thunderbird Motel for the first sessions included in this album. The young people making the recordings were enchanted by Honeyboy's musical abilities, vast knowledge and personal charm and invited him to Washington, DC, for additional sessions over the next few years. This priceless analog treasury, the rumored lost rediscovery tapes, has been carefully mastered for digital audio and packaged with rare photographs and wonderful anecdotes from the life and times of this great artist.