David "Honeyboy" Edwards Honored

David "Honeyboy" Edwards Honored
March 5, 2010
Rev. Keith A. Gordon

David "Honeyboy" Edwards is the last of the true Mississippi Delta bluesmen, an important artistic bridge between the acoustic blues of Robert Johnson and Charley Patton and the modern day blues scene. Almost 95 years old, Edwards is still rockin' audiences with a handful of tour dates each year, and his 2008 album Roamin' and Ramblin' earned the bluesman a Blues Music Award nomination to follow up his 2007 award as "Acoustic Artist of the Year."

Just as Edwards hasn't slowed down, neither have the accolades coming his way. Edwards was given a Grammyâ„¢ Lifetime Achievement Award in February, the Delta blues legend honored alongside artists from others musical genres like Leonard Cohen, Michael Jackson, Loretta Lynn, and others. During the week-long Grammyâ„¢ celebration in Los Angeles, Edwards performed on "Mississippi Night" at the Grammyâ„¢ Museum with other home state bluesmen like Eddie Cotton and Hubert Sumlin, and later that month he received the Mississippi Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in the Arts.

On March 11, 2010 at B.B. King's Blues Club in New York City, Edwards will be recognized for with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The National GUITAR Museum, the first such institution dedicated entirely to the instrument. After receiving his award, Edwards will perform at the club, located in the heart of Time's Square in Manhattan. "Honeyboy Edwards is the one guitarist today who has been part of the guitar's history longer than anyone else," says HP Newquist, the executive director of The National GUITAR Museum in a press release for the event. "He is a guitarist who was present at the birth of the blues. We're honored to be able to recognize his contribution to the guitar with this award."

Congratulations to Honeyboy Edwards for the awards...he deserves every accolade that he's been given, and much more!

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