Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

First Fleet Concerts Presents:

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones, Lightnin' Malcolm

Fri, September 22, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Wooly's

Des Moines, IA

$15.00

This event is 21 and over

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
On their new album Backlash (out February 10), Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears reclaim their original
moniker and return to their much-celebrated take on classic soul and punked-up R&B. As Lewis explains, the
band’s fourth full-length confronts the ugly reality of “dealing with the backlash from the things you’ve done
in the past,” delivering a host of songs rooted in regret but steeped in a defiant spirit. Bombastic but nuanced,
Backlash ultimately unfolds as an album both joyfully chaotic and intensely cathartic.
Recorded at Big Orange studios in the band’s hometown of Austin, TX, Backlash finds Black Joe Lewis joining
forces with Grammy Award-winning producer Stuart Sikes (The White Stripes, Cat Power, Modest Mouse)
and revisiting his most deep-seated influences. “I wanted to go for more of a soul/blues/rock-and-roll sound
compared to the last one—the kind of stuff I was doing back in the day, but with the songwriting a little more
evolved,” Lewis says. The band’s most stylistically adventurous work so far, Backlash expands their sound by
bringing gritty guitar tones and Stax-styled horn sections to intricate, danceable arrangements inspired by
the likes of Nile Rodgers.
Kaleidoscopic in mood and unrestrained in emotion, Backlash channels its restless energy into tracks like the
infinitely catchy and groove-drenched “Sexual Tension,” the fed-up and fired-up “PTP,” and the fantastically
unhinged “Freakin’ Out.” On “Lips of a Loser,” meanwhile, Black Joe Lewis lays down a beautifully devastating
breakup ballad powered by sprawling guitar lines and cinematic swells of strings. “‘Lips of a Loser’ is my Isaac
Hayes impersonation,” notes Lewis of his smoldering vocal performance on the album’s stunning
centerpiece.
Elsewhere on Backlash, Black Joe Lewis addresses unrest on a broader scale: “Global” infuses howling vocals
and heavy guitar riffs into a rowdy meditation on environmental destruction, while the chant-driven
“Nature’s Natural” emerges as the album’s most striking and mournful moment. “That one’s about black-onblack
crime, and also about police killing black dudes all the time,” says Lewis of the latter, pointing out that
the song was written in the aftermath of Ferguson.
A Texas native, Lewis discovered his love for the blues soon after learning to play guitar his late teens. “I grew
up on hip-hop and whatever my dad was listening to—Springsteen and Curtis Mayfield and Donny
Hathaway—but once I picked up the guitar I started getting into the deep cuts,” Lewis recalls. Naming
Lightnin’ Hopkins and Iggy Pop among his main inspirations, he formed Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears in
2007 and released his major label debut Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is! (Lost Highway/Universal) the following
year.
Known for their can’t-miss, full-throttle live show, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears are now gearing up for
a 2017 North American headline tour, the band’s first comprehensive run since 2013.
Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones
Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones
Hannah Wicklund and The Steppin Stones is an American rock ‘n’ roll band from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Wicklund formed The Steppin Stones at the age of nine. While most were accomplishing third grade reading lists, Wicklund was forming a rock ‘n’ roll band. Playing over 1,500 shows, sharing stages with acts including Kansas, Jefferson Starship, Outlaws, St Paul and The Broken Bones, Jimmy Herring, Rusted Root, Jason Isbell before legal drinking age, Wicklund and The Steppin Stones have evolved over a decade.

“That desire and commitment to the instrument really shows in her playing, but Wicklund is not simply a shredder or a tonal colorist —though she certainly has chops and can go for some buzzy and less-than-organic sounds. What's impressive to me is how she uses her custom Tom Anderson guitar and Orange half-stack to drive the emotional context of her songs with a combination of spiky rhythms, slow lines, fast runs, and cagey riffs. It all adds up to a thrilling ride”, Michael Molenda of Guitar Player Magazine.

Now in Nashville, Tennessee, Wicklund, guitarist, pianist, singer and songwriter is accompanied on stage by bass and drums. Wicklund’s signature curls flying through the air transport back to the time of the first female rock star, Janis Joplin. Capturing the old soul of a new generation, Wicklund’s singing voice and guitar playing have earned her comparisons to blues/soul musician Susan Tedeschi.

With the band’s musical influences from Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Jeff Beck, Wicklund’s classic rock look get fans listening, but her guitar skills keep them wanting more.

“I remember the first time I saw Nirvana in 1990 in a small club in Jax Beach with a handful of long hairs and shoe gazers. I will never forget that night, but I was more blown away tonight by Hannah than by Kurt. She is a monster talent and her trio is cool as shit. Tonight was one of those once in a life time moments when you catch a superstar on the way up. Please support her so everyone else who plays guitar can retire,” said Josh Talbot, Nashville native.

Following the drop of their single, “Bomb Through The Breeze” on October 13, Hannah Wicklund and The Steppin Stones kicked off their inaugural European tour on October 26, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. The band will finish the year out with a string of shows opening for The Marshall Tucker Band. In January 2018, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones will release their self-titled album, produced by Sadler Vaden of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and kick off of “The Sibling Rivalry” tour with The High Divers (fronted by Hannah’s brother, Luke Mitchell).
Lightnin' Malcolm
Lightnin' Malcolm
Blues Drummer and Guitarist, associated with North Mississippi Allstars.
Venue Information:
Wooly's
504 E. Locust St,
Des Moines, IA, 50309
http://woolysdm.com/