Title: The Difference Between Me & You
Artist: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
Formats: CD, LP, Digital
Release Date: September 7, 2018
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears—a blues group formed in Austin, Texas in 2007—has released their newest album, The Difference Between Me & You. Recorded in their hometown with Grammy Award winning producer Stuart Sikes, the album was created with a “hands on style of production with open creative interaction between the entire band,” according to Lewis. The experimental style of the group is rooted in Lewis’s youthful discovery of his love for the blues, which he learned to play on guitar while working at a pawn shop. From these unlikely origins, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears have created an introspective blues record that asks tough questions of its listeners.
The opening track, “Nothing But a Cliché,” starts off strong and sets the tone for what’s to come with lyrical storytelling about an acquaintance with selfish interests. While tracks like “No Rhyme or Reason” and “Culture Vulture” offer critical commentary on society, other songs are more introspective in character. For example, “Face in the Scene” describes an individual addicted to the limelight, while the ballad “Suit or Soul” reminds listeners to consider the integrity of the people they surround themselves with.
Lewis wanted to “make a more complex and reflective record” than past efforts, and he certainly succeeded. The Difference Between Me & You explores what it means to be a human in a reflexive and refreshing way, all while showcasing the musical and lyrical talent of Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears.
Reviewed by Chloe McCormick