The album art for Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears' Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!

Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is! has joyful glee in every chord as Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears riff and shout their way through vintage, Chuck Berry-esque rock ’n’ roll.

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about Black Joe Lewis, and it probably won’t be the last. Before Black Joe Lewis became a solo act though, he was part of Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, which are as charming as they sound.

These guys are old school, blues-infused rock’n’roll. Really, if it weren’t for some of the foul language, your mother wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between this record and Chuck Berry’s On Top. It’s an immensely entertaining record from start to finish, with homages to the old school everywhere and some of the best guitar noodling out there.

Two things are pretty clear: Black Joe Lewis loves blues music and rock’n’roll, and Black Joe Lewis believes in the almighty guitar riff. If there was ever a hidden gem in modern rock music then, a guy that could consistently hit you beneath the belts, right where it hurts, right where you feel it, Black Joe Lewis is that guy. Don’t miss this record if you like your rock delivered with a little soul.