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SXSW: Black Joe Lewis and His Dallas Friends


by Stephen Becker 18 Mar 2011

AUSTIN – An afternoon show by Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears on Friday turned into a gospel revival when a special guest showed up on stage.

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AUSTIN – An afternoon show by Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears on Friday turned into a gospel revival when a special guest showed up on stage. For the first 20 minutes or so, the band plowed through cuts from its new album, Scandalous. Then four guys in suits walked out and things really got interesting. The special guests were The Relatives, a Dallas-based gospel quartet that knows how to put the spirit in ya. For the next 15 minutes, the normally laid back lunchtime crowd was on its feet as the main attraction essentially played backup band for The Relatives.

Before this afternoon, I have to admit that I had never heard of these guys. But I’m going to be keeping an eye out for them when I get back home. Kudos to BJL&HB for devoting some of its well-earned time to another group also worthy of the spotlight.

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