David 'Honeyboy' Edwards passed away on Monday 29th of August aged 96, just over a month after he announced his retirement on July 17th, he played his last gig back in April having performed for over eighty years.
He acquired the nickname Honeyboy at a very early age as a term of affection from his mother while just a toddler and the name stuck.
He'd been described as ' the last of Mississippi bluesmen' from the pre-war generation of musicians who took blues out of the Delta and into Chicago, working for nickels and dimes and the occasional dollar taking their music on the road hobo style. He was there the night Robert Johnson was poisoned
David 'Honeyboy' Edwards, knew and played alongside a number of the great Mississippi bluesmen, recording a lot of material for the Library of Congress pre-war and not really coming into his own until the post war period recording a number of albums, most notably the Grammy award winning "Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas" in 2008, which was followed by a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2010.
Whilst it's hard to argue that David 'Honeyboy' Edwards was in the premier league of Mississippi bluesmen, his knowledge of the scene and his contributions to books and documentaries of the pre-war blues shouldn't be under estimated.
He was the last living link to that era, playing the music he loved and was inspired by right until the end, that's a great way to go.