With the sudden increase in gas prices, it may be time for some reflection. Honeyboy Edwards harkins back to his days of travelin’ with Big Joe Williams in 1932 on his Roamin’ and Ramblin’ disc.
Yep, gas was cheaper then, but Edwards’ iron-fisted grasp on his labor of love, the blues, wasn’t obstructed when he hoboed on trains in the ’30s and ’40s. And, even today, it has not diluted.
Considering today’s extreme inflation, Honeyboy’s songs (whether they were recorded in 1942 or 2007) have a defining resonance in hard times. He sings of the pain of being in the service, "The Army Blues," a harsh relationship with the opposite sex, "Apron Strings," and a lost bender, "I Was in New Orleans Last Night." The tunes range in time from 2007 to 1976 to 1942. There are even reminisces about Little Walter with Bobby Rush.
Along the way, Edwards is helped out by Rush, Michael Frank and Walter Horton on harmonica, and Paul Kaye on guitar. Honeyboy’s distillation of the music running through his mind is a marvel to experience on Roamin’ and Ramblin’.
"Trouble Everywhere I Go" from 1976 and "Freight Train Tale" from 1942 teaches the listener that misery loves company no matter what time period it is, and one can certainly find solace in the down and out experiences of Honeyboy Edwards on Roamin’ and Ramblin’.
Roamin’ and Ramblin’ is out now on Earwig Music.