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Honeyboy Edwards (1915–2011)

"Delta blues" artist David "Honeyboy"--a nickname his sister gave him as a child--Edwards was born in Shaw, MS, in 1915. He taught himself to play the guitar as a boy by listening to such bluesmen as Tommy McClennan and Robert Petway. By age 14 he was playing in "juke joints" in the South with such artists as Big Joe Williams and Yank Rachell. He ... See full bio »

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 2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (performer: "Gamblin' Man" - as David Honeyboy Edwards) / (writer: "Gamblin' Man" - as David Honeyboy Edwards)
 2001 Home Movie (Documentary) (performer: "Hambone Blues" (1995) - as David 'Honeyboy' Edwards)
 1992 The Search for Robert Johnson (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Sweet Home Chicago", "Walking Blues")
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 2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Old Bluesman (as David Honeyboy Edwards)
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 2001 Home Movie (Documentary) (musician: "Hambone Blues" - as David 'Honeyboy' Edwards)
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 2017 The Big Bang (Documentary)
 2017 American Epic (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- Blood and Soil (2017) ... Self (as David Honeyboy Edwards)
- The Big Bang (2017) ... Self (as David Honeyboy Edwards)
 2016 Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- Going Electric (2016) ... Self (as David Honeyboy Edwards)
 2009 Folk America (TV Series documentary)
- This Land is Your Land (2009) ... Self (as David 'Honeyboy' Edwards)
- Birth of a Nation (2009) ... Self (as David 'Honeyboy' Edwards)
 2008 Delta Rising: A Blues Documentary (Documentary)
 2007 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads (Video documentary)
 2004 Lightning in a Bottle (Documentary)
 2003 Blues Story (TV Movie documentary)
 2000 City Confidential (TV Series documentary)
Self - Musician
- Greenwood: The Devil and the Delta Blues (2000) ... Self - Musician
 1992 The Search for Robert Johnson (TV Movie documentary)
Self - Blues Player (as David 'Honeyboy' Edwards)
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 2019 ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads (TV Movie documentary)
Self (as David Honeyboy Edwards)
 2017 Extraordinary Ordinary People (Documentary)
Self (as David Honeyboy Edwards)

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Other Works:

Album: "Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen--Live in Dallas". NOTE: Won Grammy award for Best Traditional Blues Album. Edwards shared it with the other artists on the album: Pinetop Perkins, Robert Lockwood Jr. and Henry Townsend. See more »

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Alternate Names:

David 'Honeyboy' Edwards | David Honeyboy Edwards

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Personal Quote:

[2008, in an Associated Press interview] Blues ain't never going anywhere. It can get slow, but it ain't going nowhere. You play a lowdown dirty shame slow and lonesome, my mama dead, my papa across the sea, I ain't dead but I'm just supposed to be blues. You can take that same blues, make it uptempo, a shuffle blues, that's what rock'n'roll did with it. So blues ain't going nowhere.


He was still playing 70 shows a year when he was in his 90s. See more »

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