On March 15, 2011, Lost Highway Records will release “Scandalous,” the sophomore album from Austin, TX-based garage soul ensemble Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears. Having spent the last two years building a considerable reputation with their high-voltage brand of blues, dirty soul, and rock ‘n’ roll, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears take it to another level with Scandalous.
Produced by Jim Eno of Spoon and featuring 11 new songs, “Scandalous” finds the young band returning with their modern and original take on classic American musical styles. There are still plenty of tight horns and hard-driving rhythms on tracks like “Livin’ In The Jungle,” “Booty City,” and “Black Snake,” but the new album is a decidedly more diverse and contemporary offering than its predecessor. Gospel punk burner “You Been Lyin'” fits squarely alongside the country blues of “Messin'” and the Stax-meets-Stones soul of “Since I Met You Baby.” The raw funk creeper “She’s So Scandalous” stands out as an album highlight.
Since the release of their celebrated 2009 debut Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is!, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears have honed their skills as a commanding live act by playing hundreds of gigs. The group has played extensively in the U.S. and abroad, touring with a diverse collection of artists like Lucero, New York Dolls, Dave Matthews Band, Passion Pit, and Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm. The band also garnered strong support in the press, with positive notices from Esquire, Spin, NPR, UTNE Reader, Los Angeles Times, Mojo, and Popmatters.com. In the U.S., Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears made their national television debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, while in the UK they performed on Later With Jools Holland.