The California Honeydrops Announce New Album “Soft Spot”

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In their fourteenth year together, Bay Area soul/R&B favorites The California Honeydrops have hit the ground running post-lockdown. Tour dates and festivals have returned, including the Honeydrops’ first headlining show at Red Rocks, and, much to the delight of the band and fans, the band have returned to the recording studio to create a new full album. Today, Honeydrops are sharing the very first taste of their upcoming Soft Spot release, releasing on October 7th.

“Takin’ My Time” kicks off with a slinky groove the Honeydrops are known for, having made a career out of their signature blend of Bay Area R&B, Southern soul, Delta blues and second-line music. New Orleans. With savory horn section interjections dancing around well-timed background vocals, “Takin’ My Time” embodies exactly what guitarist, trumpeter and lead vocalist Lech Wierzynkski wanted to channel with the song’s lyrical content – as he describes, “Slow down, clear your social media, smoke weed, watch the sunset, get out of the rat race.”

The Honeydrops have come a long way since Wierzynkski and drummer Ben Malament started playing in an Oakland subway station, but the band has stuck to that organic, street-level vibe. Listening to Lech sing, it may come as a surprise that he was born in Warsaw, Poland, and raised by Polish political refugees.

He learned his vocal styles from smuggled American recordings by Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and Louis Armstrong, then at Oberlin College and on the club circuit of Oakland, California. With the additions of Johnny Bones on tenor sax and clarinet, Lorenzo Loera on keyboards, and Beau Beaullieu on bass, they built a powerful sound to back up Wierzynski’s vocals.

Fans can listen to “Takin’ My Time” below and pre-order or pre-register Soft Spot ahead of its Oct. 7 release here. This year also marked the Honeydrops’ return to live music with their first headlining date at Red Rocks as well as performances at festivals across the country including FloydFest, High Sierra and Burning Man, and now, The California Honeydrops will kick off their national tour. Lil Bit Of Lovin’ Tour in Napa on September 9th. A full list of tour dates can be found below or at cahoneydrops.com.

Listen to the new single here:

Tour dates

September 9 – St. Helena, CA – Charles Krug Winery

September 10 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Rally

September 11 – Perris, CA – Same But Different Festival 2022

September 19 – Buena Vista, CO – Ivy Ballroom at the Surf Hotel

September 20 – Crested Butte, CO – Arts Center

September 22 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House

September 24 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up

October 14 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater

October 16 – Flagstaff, Arizona – Yucca North

October 18 – Durango, CO – Animas City Theater

October 19 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf

October 21 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom

October 22 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads

October 23 – St. Louis, MO – The Marquee

October 25 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club

October 26 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club

October 27 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall

October 29 – Indianapolis, IN – HI-FI Annex

October 30 – Ferndale, MI – Magic Bag

October 31 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell Brewery

November 2 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground

November 3 – Portland, ME – Aura

November 5 – New York, NY – Sony Hall

November 6 – Boston, MA – Royal Boston

November 8 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live

November 9 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theater

November 11 – Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson Theater

November 12 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel

November 13 – Highlands, NC – Highland Food and Wine Festival 2022

January 15-22, 2023 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Sandy Beaches Cruise 2023

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