THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS’ CALL IT HOME: VOL. 1 & 2 OUT NOW

NEW DOUBLE ALBUM DEBUTS AT BILLBOARD

TOUR DATES INCLUDE LOS ANGELES, SAN FRANCISCO, NEW YORK, CHICAGO, NEW ORLEANS AND MORE


“It’s rare to find a band as much in love with music and each other as The California Honeydrops. Their deep understanding and mastery of classic R&B, New Orleans Jazz and more has allowed them to create music that is as fresh as it is funky, and uniquely their own. Lech has one of the most soulful, elastic voices I’ve ever heard...and he shreds on trumpet and guitar as well. They are truly one of my favorite bands!”—Bonnie Raitt

[Of “Call It Home”] “...evoking the greasy rumble of Booker T and the MGs in the opening bars before channeling the spiritual ecstasy of Sly and the Family Stone in the soaring choruses.” –Rolling Stone

“[‘Call It Home’ is] a smooth, sensuous song, with a guitar part evoking a hot summer day, an organ that sends you to the front pew and a brass section that feels like something straight out of The Blues Brothers.” –Noisey

[Of “Live Learn”] “A playful tune that’s impossible not to dance along to…opens with a plunking bass before lead singer Lech Wierzynski joins in on a call-and-response banter with the bass, even as a bright guitar riff adds some tasty seasoning to the bubbling stew.” –No Depression

The California Honeydrops’ seventh album (and first double album), Call It Home: Vol. 1 & 2, is out now via Tubtone Records. The record debuts at Billboard, who proclaims that it, “represents a new level of ambition…” Album purchase available here.

In celebration of the release The Honeydrops will tour extensively, with stops in L.A., San Francisco, Chicago, D.C., New York and many more. See below for current dates, with more to be announced.

Recorded over the past year and a half, the new album takes its inspiration from the many facets and ever-changing nature of the idea of home—a subject frontman and co-founder Lech Wierzynski thinks a lot about. “Home’s been on my mind since I was a kid,” he says. “I was born in Warsaw, Poland. My parents brought me here as a kid and we moved around a lot. They were always talking about missing where they were from and I was always wondering who I was in that way, whether I was Polish or American or both. I didn’t set out to make an album about that, but these songs just started coming out that way…” Drummer and co-founder Ben Malament mentions that it also grapples with the many changes their longtime home of Oakland, California has undergone in the past decade. “We’ve always been a Bay Area band and the Bay Area has been such a hotbed of change the last 10 years. It’s been interesting for us to see and live in, and it’s affected the way the band works.”

With a “tub full of songs” written by Wierzynski, the band—made up of Wierzynski (lead vocal, trumpet, guitar), Malament (drums, washboard, percussion), Johnny Bones (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Lorenzo Loera (keys, melodica) and Beau Bradbury (bass, percussion)—took to the studio on breaks from touring, collaborating on a multitude of tracks blending a diverse array of styles, in true Honeydrops fashion. On the decision to compile and release them all as a double album, Wierzynski says, “This was a breakthrough year for the band. I wanted something that captured the totality, instead of doing something small. That’s why you’ve got the whole cosmos on the album cover. This is my life. This band has never been for sale. This band has been everything for us. It’s something that we do for the love. I’m proud of that.”


The California Honeydrops got their start busking on the streets of the San Francisco Bay Area, where they quickly developed a passionate local following that has continued to grow over the course of nonstop American, European and Australian touring. In addition to Raitt’s Dig In Deep tour, the band has also supported such icons as B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, Buddy Guy and Dr. John. They have sold out headline shows at venues across the country and performed at major festivals including Outside Lands, Bluesfest Byron Bay, Monterey Jazz, High Sierra and many more. Their previous record, A River’s Invitation, was released in 2015 with KQED hailing it as “a winning new album,” and The Bluegrass Situation furthering, “The groove is Muscle Shoals deep, singer Lech Wierzynski’s voice is Sam Cooke wide, and saxophonist Johnny Bones bangs heavy on the door of Ben Webster.”

For more information, please contact Chris Schimpf, Nick Mallchok, Alisa Price or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.

CALL IT HOME: VOL. 1 & 2 TRACKLIST

Vol. 1

1. Call It Home
2. Coming Around
3. Cry For Me
4. Standin’ Still Blues
5. Hold It Down
6. Your Sweet Love
7. Those Days
8. Live Learn

Vol. 2
9. Only Home I’ve Ever Known
10. Silicon World
11. Tell Me (I Wanna Know)
12. Drop By Drop
13. Good Good Lovin’
14. Things We Used To Do
15. In My Baby’s Arms
16. Starr Child

THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS TOUR DATES
* supporting Greensky Bluegrass

April 6–8 /// Squaw Valley, CA /// Winter Wondergrass
April 11 /// San Diego, CA /// Belly Up
April 12 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Teragram Ballroom
April 13 & 14 /// Las Vegas, NV /// Bender Jamboree
April 19 /// Dallas, TX /// Gas Monkey
April 20 /// Waco, TX /// Brazos Nights
April 22 /// Houston, TX /// The Studio at Warehouse Live
April 24 /// Nashville, TN /// High Watt
April 25 /// Memphis, TN /// Growlers
April 27 /// New Orleans, LA /// House of Blues
April 28 /// Birmingham, AL /// Zydeco
April 29 /// Asheville, NC /// Salvage Station
April 30 /// Raleigh, NC /// Lincoln Theatre
May 2 /// Richmond, VA /// Capitol Ale House Music Hall
May 3 /// New York, NY /// Bowery Ballroom
May 4 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 5 /// Washington, DC /// The Hamilton
May 8 /// Ann Arbor, MI /// The Ark
May 9 /// Madison, WI /// High Noon Saloon
May 10 /// St. Louis, MO /// Atomic Cowboy
May 11 /// Chicago, IL /// Concord Music Hall
May 12 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Cedar Cultural Center
May 17 /// Sacramento, CA /// Harlow’s
May 19 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Fillmore
May 20 /// Dana Point, CA /// Doheney Blues Festival
May 24 & 25 /// Cumberland, MD /// DelFest
May 27 /// Bradley, CA /// Lightning In A Bottle
June 9 /// Guerneville, CA /// Johnson’s Beach Feel-Good Beach Party
June 28 /// San Luis Obispo, CA /// Mission Plaza
July 6 & 7 /// Quincy, CA /// High Sierra Music Festival
July 20–22 /// Winthrop, WA /// Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
September 14-16 /// Telluride, CO /// Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
September 19 /// Aspen, CO /// Bell Up Aspen
September 22 /// Morrison, CO /// Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
October 28–November 4 /// San Diego, CA /// Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise



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