The music of David “Honeyboy” Edwards is perhaps the purest traditional Delta blues still played in Chicago. His list of childhood acquaintances and influences reads like a who’s who of legends, beginning with Robert Johnson and including the likes of Charlie Patton, Big Walter Horton, Big Joe Williams, and many others. Honeyboy built an early reputation as one of Chicago’s finest slide guitarists, and his voice remains imbued with the rapid tremolo of southern folk blues and field hollers. Like many of his generation, Honeyboy plays with eccentric timing and unpredictable chord changes; many bands find him difficult to follow. But solo, or with sidemen alert and sensitive enough to follow his flights of fancy, he can still provide an audience with a genuine, unselfconscious journey deep into one of the richest musical traditions in America. Tonight and Saturday, Rosa’s Lounge, 3420 W. Armitage; 342-0452.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/James Fraher.