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David "Honeyboy" Edwards biography



David "Honeyboy" Edwards (June 28, 1915) is a Delta blues guitarist and singer from the American South. From 1974 to 1977, he recorded material for a full length LP, "I've Been Around", released in 1978 on the independent Trix Records label by producer/ethnomusicologist Peter B. Lowry. Edwards is the author of a book, The World Don't Owe Me Nothin', published in 1997 by Chicago Review Press. The book recounts his life from childhood, his journeys through the South and his arrival in Chicago in the early 1950s. A companion CD by the same title was released by Earwig Records shortly afterwards. He has also recorded at a church-turned-studio in Salina, Kansas and released albums on the APO record label. Edwards claims to have written several well-known blues songs including "Long Tall Woman Blues" and "Just Like Jesse James". Film In the 1991 documentary The Search for Robert Johnson, Edwards recounts stories about Johnson, including his murder. Edwards appeared in the 2007 film, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Awards 1996: Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame 1998: Keeping the Blues Alive Award in literature for The World Don't Owe Me Nothing 2002: National Endowment for the Arts, National Heritage Fellowship Award 2005: Acoustic Blues-Artist of the Year (26th W.C. Handy Blues Awards) 2007: Acoustic Artist of the Year (The Blues Music Awards) 2008: Grammy Award; Best Traditional Blues Album for Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas 2010: Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy; Mississippi Governor's Awards For Excellence in the Arts 2010: Lifetime Achievement Award, National Guitar Museum His albums White Windows, The World Don't Owe Me Nothin', Mississippi Delta Blues Man, and a recent album in which he appears with Robert Lockwood, Jr., Henry Townsend and Pinetop Perkins, Last Of The Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas, were all nominated for the W. C. Handy Award. The latter album also won a Grammy Award in 2008.