Texas native Black Joe Lewis discovered his love for the blues soon after learning to play guitar in his late teens. “I grew up on hip-hop and whatever my dad was listening to-Springsteen and Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway. Once I picked up the guitar I started getting into the deep cuts,” Lewis recalls. Naming Lightnin’ Hopkins and Iggy Pop among his main inspirations, he formed Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears in 2007, releasing his major label debut the following year.
Known for their incendiary, full-throttle live show, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears are currently on tour in support of their latest release, “The Difference Between Me and You.” The influence of Albert King’s heavy grooves, R.L. Burnside’s punked-up blues, Bobby “Blue” Bland’s storytelling, and The Rolling Stones’ soulfully layered horns are all omnipresent throughout the album.
Polaris Hall, 635 N Killingsworth Ct. Thursday, October 10. 8:00 pm. $20.00 Eventbrite.com. 21 & over.