“One of the best groups I’ve ever heard… I wish I was that good.” —David Crosby

“The California Honeydrops are skilled veterans when it comes to throwing a musical party.” —Chicago Tribune

“A retro, rootsy sound that merges funk, R&B, soul and the kind of horns you might hear during a New Orleans second line.” —The Washington Post

The California Honeydrops’ new EP, Just One More, And Then Some, is out today via Tubtone Records; stream/share the EP HERE. The EP release will be celebrated on Friday, June 26, at 7pm Pacific with a fully livestreamed concert aired from Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA. The concert will feature two full sets, with free tickets and more information available HERE.

Just One More, And Then Some follows the recent release of standalone single “In The Air,” for which the lyric video may be streamed/shared HERE. In lieu of their cancelled spring and summer tour dates, The Honeydrops have been offering weekly concert livestreams, “Friday Night Sessions,” on Friday evenings at 6pm Pacific throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Reaching audiences of over 25,000 per stream, the band is donating 25% of each week’s revenue to a different charity; check out the streams HERE.

“We wanted the EP to be super raw and to reflect how we play live, so there’s little to no dubbing on the tracks—what you hear is what you get,” says vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski of the band’s upcoming release. “They’re fun, upbeat songs. Kind of let your hair down, celebrate joy and making music together. That’s why people come to our shows, so we tried to capture that feeling during a time when we can’t gather, a time when people may be looking for a little love and connection. As always, more than anything that’s what we’re trying to put out there.”

“These songs are an open invitation for anyone listening to follow that sound you might hear from the street, coming from the little house tucked away in the back,” adds drummer Ben Malament. “We want to conjure a place where anyone and everyone is welcome to pick up an instrument or a microphone, a piece of floor to tear up, and just be appreciated for digging in and being a part of it.”

Just One More, And Then Some follows last year’s live record Honeydrops Live 2019 and 2018’s double album Call It Home: Vol. 1 & 2, which Billboard praised as “a new level of ambition” for the band, and about which No Depression raved, “There’s something for everybody here, a fun-filled, funky goodie basket for all occasions.” VICE called the title track “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,” while Rolling Stone noted that it evokes “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.”

Co-founded by Wierzynski and Malament, The Honeydrops got their start busking in Oakland, California where they quickly developed a passionate following that has continued to grow over the course of more than a decade of nonstop American, European and Australian touring and recording. Joined by Johnny Bones on tenor sax and clarinet, Lorenzo Loera on keyboards and Beau Bradbury on bass, the band has stayed true to the group’s diverse sound and street-level origins, drawing on musical influences including Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues and New Orleans second-line.

In addition to their own extensive touring, The Honeydrops were honored to support Bonnie Raitt throughout her 2016-17 North American tour and have performed in support of B. B. King, Allen Toussaint, Buddy Guy and Dr. John, among others. They have sold out headline shows at venues across the U.S. and performed at major festivals worldwide including Outside Lands, Monterey Jazz, High Sierra, Bluesfest Byron Bay, North Sea Jazz Festival, Edmonton Folk Music Festival and many more. Widely acclaimed for the energy captured in both their live performances and recordings, the group remains dedicated to fostering a genuine connection with their audiences and listeners.

“The whole point is to erase the boundaries between the crowd and us,” Wierzynski says, “to make people become a part of the whole thing by dancing along, singing, picking the songs and generally coming out of their shells.”

For more information, please contact Chris Schimpf, Zoe Sonnenberg, or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.

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