Howard And The White Boys
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Howard And The White Boys

Chicago, Illinois, United States | MAJOR

Chicago, Illinois, United States | MAJOR
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"Guess who's Coming To Dinner?"

Howard & The White Boys
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?
Mighty Tiger 1997
Review Published August 15, 1999

This four member band from Chicago blends blues-rock and funk with catchy rhythms and straight blues, a combination resulting in a highly entertaining CD. The band's line up is somewhat unusual in that it includes two guitarists, Dan Bellini and Roco Calipari. Both share duties of lead and rhythm guitar, and their playing styles contrast each other nicely. Bellini also doubles on harmonica. Howard McCullum, the goup's bassist and vocalist, has a solid voice and carries the variety of styles with authority. Drummer Jim "Bucka" Christopulus provides a steady rhythm.
Although the band features two talented guitarists, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner isn't a "guitar showcase". Lead breaks are present on most songs, but most often not to an overpowering degree. When reflecting on this CD, I tend to recall the originality of the songs and the catchy rhythms, rather than the lead guitar work. This is a description of the overall feel of the CD, and I don't mean to imply hot guitar is totally lacking. There are selected occasions when the guitars are worked hard. Very hard. On these occasions, the listener is treated to some very intense, powerful and passionate playing.
Among my personal favorites from this disc are One Good Woman, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, and the closer, Call Muddy Waters, a straight blues number that showcases the guitar duo's talents.
Based in Chicago, this group has earned the attention and support of none other than Buddy Guy himself, who's been known to join the band on stage. He also made a guest appearance on the group's newest release, The Big Score.
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner combines plenty of upbeat, original sounding blues-rock with some straight blues and occasional smokin' hot blues guitar, and should appeal to a wide variety of blues-rock enthusiasts. While I would have enjoyed more of the hot stuff, I found this CD quite enjoyable, and believe plenty of others will as well. - Electric Blues

"Blues Review says..."

"A crack band with a sure-footed Chicago blues sound, all turned up and dialed in for maximum effect." -Blues Revue - Blues Review

"-The Riverfront Times (St. Louis)"

"A relentless sound reminiscent of a howl from the guts."
-The Riverfront Times (St. Louis) - -The Riverfront Times (St. Louis)


CD Releases

Made In Chicago (2007) Evidence Records

Live at Chord on Blues (2000) Evidence Records

The Big $core (1999) Evidence Records

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? (1997) Mighty Tiger

Strung Out on the Blues (1994) Chase Music Group

DVD Releases

Son Seals w/Howard and The White Boys
Chicago Blues Jam Series (2005)
Bayside Entertainment Distribution

James Harman w/Howard and the White Boys
Chicago Blues Jam Series (2005)



It's been six years since Chicago blues veterans Howard & the White Boys last put out a CD, but their new Evidence Records release, Made in Chicago, more than makes up for lost time. Their impressively large fan base on both sides of the Atlantic won't be disappointed. Not by a long shot. Made in Chicago represents the zenith of the band's recorded output, and it's certainly the disc that Howard & the White Boys are most proud of. While the band hasn't recorded in six years, they have been gigging continuously throughout the U.S. and Europe and this has lent their trademark brand of contemporary blues an indomitable tightness brimming with raw power. All of this comes through on the new disc, proving that the wait was well worth it.

While past studio outings spotlight the group's songwriting prowess and contain 90% original material, Made in Chicago affords the band an opportunity to put their own unique stamp to tunes they didn't write but enjoy performing nonetheless. Of the nine songs on the new release, seven are covers (some quite obscure) of songs the band has been playing live for some time. Yet, all are performed in the celebrated HWB style which will be immediately recognizable to long-term fans.

Recorded in the windy city, Made in Chicago is aptly titled. But it's also apropos because Chicago, a city steeped in blues history, is where the band have honed their chops almost since their inception in 1988. Howard & the White Boys have established a reputation as one of the city's favorite attractions and regular appearances at Buddy Guy's Legends has afforded them an opportunity to display their wares before locals and out-of-towners who come to Legends to hear the best the city has to offer in blues entertainment. Indeed, Buddy Guy has been their unofficial mentor. Guy's support for the band has been instrumental in exposing them to a wider audience. In 1995, he took them on a major Midwestern tour as his opening act, and he often jumps onstage to jam with them when they appear at Legends. He also gave them the ultimate endorsement by making a rare guest appearance on their 1999 release The Big $core. He plays some scorching guitar and sings a duet with Howard on a remake of the Sam & Dave classic, "I Thank You"

The members of Howard & the White Boys first met at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb in 1988 and began jamming together just for fun, but their fast-growing popularity soon convinced them they could make a career of it. After only a few months, they got their first big break by opening for B.B. King. The band soon made the move to Chicago and began performing with the biggest names in blues: Koko Taylor, Albert King, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Luther Allison, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry.

Between 1994 and 1997, the group made two highly acclaimed recordings, Strung Out On The Blues and Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?, for Los Angeles based Mighty Tiger Records. They began traveling extensively across the United States and their growing popularity captured the attention of Philadelphia based Evidence Records. The Big $core was the first of two successful discs released by Evidence, and the band wasted no time in promoting it via the first of many trips to European countries such as Belgium, France, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Luxembourg, and England. Riding the ever-growing wave of popularity both at home and abroad, the group then released a well-received live CD for Evidence entitled Live At Chord On Blues in 2000.

In 2004, long time band members Howard McCullum, Rocco Calipari, and Jim Christopulos were joined by 26 year old guitarist Pete Galanis. Galanis’ tight blues chops—coupled with his natural versatility at handling the funk, R & B, and rock styles that have become Howard & the White Boys trademarks—have magnificently slotted right in with the group’s signature sound and have also lent it an exciting, youthful exuberance, readily apparent on Made in Chicago. The band is now focusing on touring to support the new CD and working on material for their next one.