Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears rock without a label

Black Joe Lewis performs "PTP" off "Backlash" live in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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  • Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - PTP (Live on The Current) 02:45
  • Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - Sexual Tension (Live on The Current) 03:05
  • Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - Freakin' Out (Live on The Current) 03:22

Black Joe Lewis appreciates being his own boss, added responsibility included. "If something goes wrong, I don't have anybody else to blame but me," he says. "You just more control your own destiny … I like doing it my way."

Whereas Lewis had been on traditional record labels before, he chose to be more autonomous on his latest release, Backlash, which was released and distributed through INgrooves Music Group on Feb. 10 of this year.

Backlash is Lewis's fifth full-length album, and his fourth with backing band the Honeybears. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears are on tour in support of the album, with a show in the First Avenue Mainroom in Minneapolis. Before the gig, they stopped at The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

Use the audio player above to listen to the complete session and interview, including which character from The Simpsons Lewis believes he's known in real life.

Songs Performed


"PTP"
"Sexual Tension"
"Freakin' Out"
All songs from Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears' 2017 album, Backlash, distributed by INgrooves Music Group.

Personnel


Black Joe Lewis - guitar and vocals
Mike Brinley - guitar
Bill Stevenson - bass
Sammy Powell - keys
Jason Frey - tenor saxophone
Joseph Woullard - baritone sax
Doug Leviton - drums

Hosted by Mary Lucia
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark
Visuals by Nate Ryan
Web feature by Luke Taylor

Resources


Black Joe Lewis - official site

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    Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears perform at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Bassist Bill Stevenson of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears
    Bassist Bill Stevenson performs with Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears perform at The Current
    Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears perform at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears perform at The Current
    Bassist Bill Stevenson and guitarist Mike Brinley of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Keyboardist Sammy Powell of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears
    Keyboardist Sammy Powell of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears performs at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears perform at The Current
    Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears perform at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears perform at The Current
    Left to right, saxophonists Joseph Woullard and Jason Frey, keyboardist Sammy Powell and drummer Doug Leviton of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears perform at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears perform at The Current
    Black Joe Lewis performs at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Doug Leviton of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears
    Doug Leviton of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears performs at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears perform at The Current
    Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears perform at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Bill Stevenson and Black Joe Lewis perform at The Current
    Bill Stevenson and Black Joe Lewis perform at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Black Joe Lewis portraits taken just outside The Current studio
    Black Joe Lewis portraits taken just outside The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Black Joe Lewis portraits taken just outside The Current studio
    Black Joe Lewis portraits taken just outside The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)

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