The California Honeydrops
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...The influences from this band are heavily rooted in artists from the Stax theater, New Orleans horny funk, crossroad country Blues, and woodshed honky tonks...The openness & youthfulness of the music takes you back to a time when music was made for fun and not for monetary gain...

- Kyle Palarino


...An amalgam of blues, jug band sounds, vintage jazz, rock-n-roll, and classy R&B. Good timin’ music par excellence...

- Norman Darwen


...The California Honeydrops, from Oakland, are the most refreshing act to roll down the blues highway in some time. Few groups before them have melded so many strains of African American music into such a seamless whole...

- Lee Hildebrand


...Oakland’s The California Honeydrops, find themselves firmly rooted in the African-American music tradition...unique arrangements make their debut CD SOUL TUB!, hard to place in genre and time. “Miss Louise” jives like a lost Chuck Berry with a soaring trumpet line...”All You Got To Do” delivers some sad soul with off-kilter harmonies straight from the pews...
- Ali Green


...The California Honeydrops!They are the bomb, and I am the lucky one who gets to introduce them to a national audience. They will make me sound good. It is a very cool disc...


- Bill Wax


...The “drops of honey in California” finely move between blues, swing, jazz, and atmosphere flashes of soul. All this mixed with music and joy...

- Michele Manzotti


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Discography

Soul Tub! - Nov 2008

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RCC 06019 Umbertide (PG)
KHSU-FM ARCATA, CA
KHUM Eureka, CA
The World of Blues Grass Valley, CA
KKUP Hollister, CA
KRBS 107.1 Oroville, CA
Jefferson Radio Redding, CA
KSJS San Jose, CA
KKUP 91.5 Santa Clara, CA
KUSP 88.9 FM Santa Cruz, CA
KRSH Radio Santa Rosa, CA (Commercial)
KMFB Willits, CA
KAFM-FM Grand Junction, CO
WNHU West Haven, CT (college non-com)
Smokestack Maitland, FL
WGLT Normal, IL (college non-com)
WRHC Onion Pier, MI
WWCU Cullowhee, NC (college non-com)
Music Unlimited/Blues Arlington, TX
KTEP-FM EL PASO, TX
WVGN St Thomas, VI
Radio Pica / La Hora 08080 Barcelona,
RADIO HOLSTEBRO 7500 Holstebro,
CKRL Beauport, Quebec,
KMXT 100.1 FM Kodiak, AK
AMPB Report Berkeley, CA
KSPC 80.7 FM Claremont, CA
KPOO Radio 89.5 San Francisco, CA (Non-commercial)
KHEN Salida, CO
WFIT 89.5 FM Melbourne, FL
WRFG (Radio Free Atlanta, GA (Non-commercial)
WMWV Conway, NH
KBAC 98.1 FM Santa Fe, NM
WDST 96.9 Rosendale, NY
WQLN 91.3FM Erie, PA
KPFT Texas City , TX
Bluestimen, Radio 4671 Kristiansand,
CFRO Vancouver,
WOAB Dothan, AL
KMUD Radio Redway, CA
KBBF 89.1 FM Santa Rosa, CA
Tracy, CA
WPKN New Haven, CT
WPFW 89.3 FM Washington, DC
KIWR 89.7 FM Omaha, NE
KRVM-FM EUGENE, OR
KINK 101.9 FM Portland, OR
KNON 89.3 FM Euless, TX
WPNE-FM Green Bay, WI (Non-commercial)
WWSP U. W. Stevens Point, WI
WWSP U. W. Stevens Point, WI
NET Radio Lincoln, NE
KIOS 91.5 FM Omaha, NE
WNSI Atmore, AL
KVMR-FM 89.5 Nevada City, CA
WRFG (Radio Free Atlanta, GA (Non-commercial) #4
WMEB-FM Orono, ME
KMSU 88.7 FM Mankato, MN
KUNM FM 89.9 Albuquerque, NM
Midnight Flyer Carson, NM
WITR Lima, NY
WGMC 90.1 FM Rochester, NY
KMBH Harlingen, TX
WIZN 106.7 FM Burlington, VT
Radio 666 Bonnemaison, (internet)
KUVO-FM DENVER, CO
WYHY104.9 FM Rockford, IL
KUSP 88.9 FM Boulder Creek, CA
WWOZ New Orleans, LA
WNMC 90.9 FM Traverse City, MI

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Bio

Digging deep into the roots of American music, The California Honeydrops embrace the traditions of Blues, Gospel, Second Line New Orleans Jazz, and early R&B. With stellar performances of traditional material as well as their own innovative music, The California Honeydrops get people out of their seats and onto the floor, dancing and singing along.

Formed in November 2007, The California Honeydrops first performed on the streets and in the subways stations in Oakland, California. Playfully crossing genres from Roots and Blues to R&B and soul, The California Honeydrops’ sound is tied together by soulful vocal harmonies, colorful shouts from brass and horns, and a funky, good-times New Orleans rhythm section. They quickly gained a reputation as the best party in the Bay Area.

Born in Warsaw, Poland, band leader and front man Lech Wierzynski began playing blues and jazz as a teenager at after-hours jam sessions in Washington D.C. After studying trumpet with Marcus Belgrave (Ray Charles), Lech continued his career after moving to Oakland. Honing his craft with some of the biggest names in American music, such as Maria Muldaur, Dan Hicks, and Jackie Payne, Lech has grown equally as a trumpeter, singer, and guitarist.

The vibrant rhythm section of The California Honeydrops is fueled by piano veteran Chris Burns (Albert Collins, Freddie Hughes, Maria Muldaur), drummer Ben Malament (Terry Reid, The Marvelettes, The Jelly Roll Souls), and bassist Seth Ford-Young (Tom Waits, Sean Hayes, Beats Antique). Adding an unprecedented energy is saxophonist Johnny Bones (Eddie Palmiere, Nell Carter, Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums).