David “Honeyboy” Edwards was an American blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter, born on June 28, 1915, in Shaw, Mississippi, USA. He began his musical career in the 1930s and played alongside many famous blues musicians of his era, including Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Big Walter Horton.
Edwards was known for his unique fingerpicking style and heartfelt vocals, which earned him a reputation as one of the last surviving Delta bluesmen. He recorded his first song, “Wind Howlin’ Blues,” in 1942 and continued to record and perform for over seven decades until his death on August 29, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois.
Edwards’ music was deeply rooted in the Delta blues tradition, but he also incorporated elements of country and urban blues. His best-known songs include “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Gamblin’ Man,” “Build a Cave,” and “The World Don’t Owe Me Nothin’,” which he wrote in memory of his friend Robert Johnson.
Some of his most acclaimed records include “Delta Bluesman,” “I’ve Been Around,” “Roamin’ and Ramblin’,” “Shake ‘Em on Down,” and “The World Don’t Owe Me Nothin’.” He won a Grammy Award in 2008 for his album “Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas,” which he recorded with other blues legends, including Pinetop Perkins, Robert Lockwood Jr., and Hubert Sumlin.
Edwards’ influence on the blues genre and subsequent generations of musicians cannot be overstated. His legacy lives on through his music, which continues to inspire and captivate blues enthusiasts around the world.