David "Honeyboy" Edwards Still Going Strong

February 7, 2008

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That's longtime Chicago resident and legendary bluesman David “Honeyboy” Edwards, singing his “Roamin' and Ramblin' Blues.” It was recorded for the Library of Congress in 1942. Honeyboy Edwards is still performing and recording today. In fact, the 92-year-old's new compact disc “Roamin and Ramblin” is due out later this month on Chicago's Earwig label.

This weekend, Edwards is one of several Chicago blues artists, including Koko Taylor, Pinetop Perkins and Otis Rush, nominated for a Grammy. Edwards is nominated in the “Best Traditional Blues Album” category, for his role in a recent release titled “Last of the Great Mississippi Bluesmen – Live in Dallas.” He recently joined Eight Forty-Eight's Dan Bindert in the Jim and Kay Maybie Performance Studio to talk about his life.

Edwards says his memories of recording that Library of Congress track for Alan Lomax, more than 60 years ago, are still vivid.

That's bluesman “Honeyboy” Edwards, recorded live in Chicago Public Radio's Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio.