[PERFORMANCE STATURE OF A VETERAN]
STUNNING SHOW BY HONNE WELLS on Monday night August 14th at Bar 169 in the Lower East Side.
As Honne Wells sat down on a low stool he slowly took off his shoe, placing his foot through a small tambourine. The mic stand was set low. Standing at six foot two inches in a grey suit and wide tie, he slowly began to stomp his foot, placing his hands behind his back. He bent over at a forty degree angle to sing into the mic. His voice is low at the extreme, guttural and startling. The sound resonated, the air thickened with anticipation, and the time period altered to the early beginnings of Blues.
Mr. Wells sat down with his guitar tuned to an irregular E. His glass slide tools laid out in a row. Each used and carefully chosen to vary the intonation of the rugged sliding bass notes. His fingerpicking moved the higher strings to a constant flutter. Five songs in he added whistling to his repertoire. Ending the set with a great cover of Good Night Irene by Lead Better. Standing once again, he sang and paused carefully between verses, leaving his audience speechless.
Honne Wells blends earnest songwriting, conceptual affect with stunning music. Although he is a young man, the level of performance acumen is that of a veteran.
Self-released What the Lead Said
Self-released Mother Pie
"The sound that you hear are the harmonics of sorrow, people have called it folk, blues, gospel; but all it is to me is war." Honne Wells
Photo credit: Joshua Eric Schwartz