This pairing of Delta traditionalist David “Honeyboy” Edwards with underrecognized Chicago harmonica master Mad Dog Lester Davenport promises to be the kind of unpretentious celebration of half a century of tradition that modern Chicago blues seldom delivers. Guitarist Edwards was taught by seminal masters like Robert Johnson, Joe Williams, and Tommy Johnson; his playing retains the quirky, unpredictable timing of the traditional Delta bluesman and his voice is imbued with the harsh vibrato of his roots. Davenport, currently working with Big Daddy Kinsey and the Kinsey Report, is likewise a traditionalist, fusing the exploratory melodic sense of John Lee Williamson and Little Walter with the sweet-toned sensitivity of Big Walter Horton to produce a style that’s distinctly his own. These two musicians have a wide repertoire of both traditional and contemporary standards, and they share a love for the entire spectrum of blues expression. This show has the potential to be the kind of intimate, authentic blues experience that fans flock annually to the Chicago Blues Festival to see, featuring two local musicians who still live and work regularly in the city. Sunday, 5 PM, Wise Fools Pub, 2270 N. Lincoln; 929-1510.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/James Fraher.