30 Aug 2011

Blues musician David 'Honey-Boy' Edwards dies

8:28 pm on 30 August 2011

US blues musician David "Honey-Boy" Edwards has died at his home in Chicago. He was 96.

Known for his far-ranging travels and gritty, edgy guitar-playing style, Edwards was still doing about 70 shows a year in his 90s.

In 2008, he won a Grammy for traditional blues and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2010, the BBC reports.

Among his most famous songs were Just Like Jesse James, Long Tall Woman Blues and Gamblin' Man.

Edwards was born in 1915 in Shaw, Mississippi, and learned to play as a child.

He left home at the age of 14 to travel with some of the great Delta Blues musicians of the 1930s and 40s, including Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter. He started playing professionally in Memphis when he was 17.

Edwards earned his nickname "Honey-Boy" from his sister, who told his mother to "look at honey boy" when he stumbled as he learned to walk as a toddler.

Music historians say he was the last direct link to a unique generation of blues musicians and the last of the great pre-war bluesmen.