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David 'Honeyboy' Edwards, one of the last Delta Bluesmen, is dead at 96

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Blues singer David "Honeyboy" Edwards performs at North Dallas High School in 2007 in Dallas, Texas. Edwards died of congestive heart failure Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, in his Chicago apartment at age 96.

A chapter of American music history is closing with the death of blues guitarist and singer David “Honeyboy” Edwards. He never achieved the fame of many of his colleagues, but Edwards was an influential voice among members of the music form that came out of the Mississippi Delta and traveled up to Chicago along with thousands of migrant workers.

His style was minimal and raw. Like many of the great Delta bluesmen, his music provided the source material that much of today’s music grew out of. Rest well and play on David “Honeyboy” Edwards.

Watch the video below to hear Honeyboy’s minimal guitar style and unique vocals from a 1988 recording session. Later in life Edwards said that some modern guitarists play too many notes when they play the blues. I agree with him. I’ve always thought that when it comes to the blues -- what isn’t there is as important as what is.

David "Honeyboy" Edwards performs "Goin' Down Slow" and "Highway 61".

Read more about Edwards at his website.