David "Honeyboy" Edwards, a Shaw, Mississippi (16 miles north of Leland) native (b. June 28, 1915) died in his Chicago home around 3:00 am August 29, 2011. Honeyboy left home at age 14 to travel with Big Joe Williams and continued his blues travels to the end of the 1940s. He was friends with Robert Johnson and performed with him on many occasions. He was present the night Johnson was supposedy poisoned by the Three Forks Juke owner. He played with many of the leading pre WWII bluesmen such as Charley Patton and Johnny Shines. In 1942, Alan Lomax recorded Honeyboy in Clarksdale, MS for the Library of Congress. He moved to Chicago in the 1950s to play on street corners for tips and in small blues clubs with other artists such as Big Walter and Kansas City Red. In the 1970s, Honeyboy formed a band with blues harp player Michael Frank that became quite popular in North Side blues clubs in Chicago. In the 1970s and '80s, he toured Europe and Japan. He has played in many high profile festivals such as the San Francisco and Chicago Festivals and Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival.
David "Honeyboy" Edwards was the last of the great Mississippi Delta bluesmen. He was famous for saying, "The world don't owe me nothin'." Although he lived a long, productive, satisfying life, many, this RoadDawg included, mourn his passing.