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The California Honeydrops were formed in November of 2007 playing in the subway stations of Oakland, CA. Playfully crossing genres from roots and blues to R&B and soul, The California Honeydrops’ sound is tied together by their unique instrumentation, soulful vocal harmonies, and a funky, good-times New Orleans style. The Honeydrops’ more unusual instruments include a home-made gutbucket bass, jug, and washboard. Their greasy down-home rhythms are punctuated by joyous blasts of trumpet, rollicking piano riffs, and passionate bluesy vocals. The only band of its kind, The California Honeydrops’ live shows have quickly gained a reputation as the best party in the Bay Area.

Born in Warsaw, Poland, band leader and front man Lech Wierzynski started 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 launched his own career in Oakland. Having accompanied artists such as Maria Muldaur, Dan Hicks, and Jackie Payne, Lech has been schooled by some of the biggest names in American music and grown equally adept as a trumpeter, singer, and guitarist.

The vibrant rhythm section of The California Honeydrops is fueled by the barrelhouse style of Oakland piano veteran Chris Burns (Albert Collins, Freddie Hughes, Maria Muldaur). Rotating between tub bass, jug washboard and drums are Nansamba Ssensalo (Jug Free America, Blue Roots) and Ben Malament (Terry Reid, The Marvelettes, Dale Spaulding).

Digging deep into the traditions of American music, the California Honeydrops bring to the stage not only an unmatched level of musicianship and authenticity but also a funky good time that’s hard to beat. Ripping through classic material as well as their own original songs, The California Honeydrops will get any crowd on its feet, dancing and singing along.

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released November 22, 2008

All songs written by Lech Wierzynski and The California Honeydrops.

Please get ready to feel good.

Produced by Chris Burns and The Ca. Honeydrops
Mastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley CA
Recorded in the Blues Cave, Oakland, CA

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Track Name: Soul Tub
"What's not to Love, about a little Soul Tub?
You never Knew, what a Bucket could Do!
What's that Boom, comin' from that Broom?"
Track Name: Honeydrops Theme
"We played on the street, made a little coin, built a time machine and picked up Mistaboins"
"We don't play for food, we don't play for money, all we wanna do is give you some of our honey."
Track Name: Squeezy Breezy
"There ain't nothin' in this world that I
wouldn't do
to get one little squeeze on you."
Track Name: In My Dreams
"Well I took down your picture, baby, but in my dreams you're all I see.
One you'll come lookin for me, baby, but in my dreams is where I'll be."
Track Name: Help Me Now
Oh baby, please! Help me now...
Track Name: All Night Long
"Ah baby, come on.
Now we ain't too young to
have our fun,
baby, all night long."
Track Name: Cry For Me
"Oh when they
carry me out
Oh when they
lay me down
Oh when they
bury me 'neath the ground
I want my people in the street
all doin' that second line beat
and I don't want no one to cry for me."
Track Name: Soul Tub (Reprise)
I wanna hear that
Soul Tub!
Just gimme little
Soul Tub!
Pluckin' on a bucket on a
Soul Tub!