Black Joe Lewis

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

Before Gary Clark Jr. splashed down at the 2010 Crossroads Festival, his fellow Austinite Black Joe Lewis led the charge among gutbucket blues and R&B revivalists, injecting punk energy and psychedelic freedom into the deepest roots of those styles. Now Lewis has retaken the lead with his sixth album, a noisy garage-blues missile launch with the brassy title Electric Slave that stretches Lewis and his band, formerly known as the Honeybears, past their patented James Brown-meets-Joe Strummer strutters (“Come to My Party”) and boozy basement rave-ups (“Young Girls”) into the scorched earth of post-rock with tunes like the jagged, fuzzy “Skulldiggin’ “and “Dar Es Salaam.” Those two are among the new disc’s numbers produced by fellow Texan John Congleton, who’s crafted mud ’n’ guts expressionist soundscapes with Explosions in the Sky and grinding frippery with St. Vincent. But Lewis hasn’t gone soft or arty. As in his group’s relentless live shows, the static, sweat and sizzle serve Lewis’ sleazy amphetamine preaching and the all-powerful grooves. 


Sat, Sep 7 | 9:00 PM
The Mercy Lounge
18 and over
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Black Joe Lewis

Austin TX  |  Rock, Alternative

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