Formed in Austin, Texas in 2007, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears is a blues band influenced Lightnin’ Hopkins, Junior Kimbrough, Elmore James, Howlin’ Wolf, and Magic Sam. In March 2009, Esquire listed Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears as one of the “Ten Bands Set to Break Out at 2009’s SXSW Festival.” They signed with Lost Highway Records in 2008

While working at a pawn shop in Austin, Joe Lewis picked up his first guitar. For the next few years, he performed around Austin at open mic nights and various weekly gigs with his blues trio. The Honeybears formed after Zach Ernst, a member of the University of Texas Music and Entertainment Committee, booked Lewis to open for Little Richard at the University of Texas' annual festival Forty Acres Fest. After gaining local acclaim, the band toured as openers for Spoon and Okkervil River in 2007.

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