Honeyboy Edwards began playing blues in the 30s in the Delta, came to know Robert Johnson there– was with him about the time of his death– recorded for Alan Lomax in the early 40s, and moved to Chicago. He has been the last link to prewar recorded blues from Mississippi for some time, and it will be sad to see him go.
He was a fascinating person to be around– a great storyteller, whose memoir. The World Don’t Owe Me Nothing may be my favorite book about blues in Mississippi before 1950.
Here’s a post about him visiting in my home a couple of years ago; below is a picture Scott Barretta took during that visit.
Here’s what it says on his website:
David Honeyboy Edwards June 28, 1915 – August 29, 2011
RIP David Honeyboy Edwards, the “Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen” has died. This morning Monday August 29, 2011, about 3 am while resting peacefully at home, Honeyboy moved on to blues heaven. He lived a long, full life, and he felt at peace. He loved to say, “The world don’t owe me nothing.” Just shy of his 96th birthday, Honeyboy played his last gigs at the Juke Joint Festival and Cathead Mini-Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi April 16 and 17, 2011. Prior to his health turning for the worse in late April, Honeyboy was scheduled to play numerous gigs in Chicago, across the USA and in Europe, including today at Millennium Park in Chicago for the noon time concert series. His manager Michael Frank had to cancel all those dates due to Honeyboy’s declining health. He maintained a strong spirit until the end, telling stories and showing off his dexterity in his hands.
Visitation will be Thursday September 1 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with an open mic for comments by his friends and fans from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Services will be private on Friday September 2. McCullough Funeral & Cremation Services 851 E. 75th St. Chicago, IL 60619 Phone: (773) 488-8900