Down Beat - p.643 stars out of 5
-- "TELL 'EM WHAT YOUR NAME IS! fulfills its title as it serves as an entertaining introduction to Lewis' intriguing take on modern soul music."
Living Blues - p.45
"[With] rugged cuts that evoke both the energy of a young James Brown and the mischievousness of an elder Nathaniel Mayer."
Personnel: Joe Lewis (vocals, guitar); Joshua Levy (baritone saxophone); Gilbert Elorreaga (trumpet); Leo Gauna (trombone); Jim Eno (drums, percussion); Matthew Strmiska (drums).
Audio Mixer: Jim Eno.
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears kicked around the indie circuit before landing on Universal's Lost Highway imprint with their self-titled 2009 EP. Shortly after that, they unleashed their first full-length for the label. While those who snapped up the EP may be disappointed to discover that half of its tracks are repeated here, they'll likely be elated to discover how much more there is where those cuts came from. TELL 'EM WHAT YOUR NAME IS! mixes funky, '60s-style R&B, stomping electric blues, and punky, garage-rock aggression in equal parts, creating something akin to a musical meeting of the minds between the North Mississipi Allstars and the Detroit Cobras.