American Blues Scene Magazine

David “Honeyboy” Edwards Retires

July 17
23:39 2011

We have just received the word that the famous David “Honeyboy” Edwards, the now oldest living delta bluesman, is retiring.

Michael Frank, Honeyboy’s long-time manager and friend from Earwig Records made this simple Facebook announcement:

“Honeyboy Edwards has retired, due to ongoing health issues. Send him a get well note to”

Dick Waterman, the legendary photographer, has declared:

“Manager Michael Frank has made it official that Honeyboy Edwards is retiring. He is truly the last of the pre-war musicians and he brought authentic blues to thousands of fans who saw him over the years. Here’s wishing him good health, long life and our thanks for both the music and the memories.”

The American Blues Scene extends it’s most heartfelt wishes to Honeyboy. In his ninety-six years as a bluesman, he has seen more of the unfolding of the modern world than many of us could ever hope to achieve, and through war, brutal racism, and an American landscape wrought with endless change, the Delta Blues master has spread a simple message of the human condition through music to countless adoring fans. Thank you, Honeyboy, for a vast lifetime’s worth of amazing music.

ABS Magazine Footer Banner

About Author

Matt Marshall

Matt Marshall

Matt Marshall is an avid blues music lover and the editor of the American Blues Scene. In any given year, you can find him at dozens of blues events or festivals across the country. Matt also manages the American Blues Scene's official shop, where you can find great blues t-shirts. You can find Bluescentric on Facebook

Related Articles


Love the Sponsors!

Blues E-Mail List!

Sign up for American Blues Scene’s email list to stay up to date on the most important blues happenings, events, special features and more! We send emails roughly twice per month. All Blues. No Spam.

What ABS has to say

Search for some Blues