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The California Honeydrops

The California Honeydrops

Lindsay Lou

Tue · April 24, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15.00

This event is 18 and over

The California Honeydrops
The California Honeydrops
The California Honeydrops don’t just play music—they throw parties. Led by dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski, and drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows. They’ve taken the party all over the world, playing festivals of all kinds and touring widely across North America, Europe and Australia. In 2016 the Honeydrops were honored to support Bonnie Raitt on her North America release tour—and in the past have been privileged to support the likes of B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, Buddy Guy, and Dr. John. Whether in those high-profile performances or in more intimate venues where the band itself can leave the stage and get down on the dance floor, the California Honeydrops’ shared vision and purpose remain: to make the audience dance and sing.

The Honeydrops have come a long way since guitarist and trumpeter Lech Wierzynkski and drummer Ben Malament started busking in an Oakland subway station, but the band has stayed true to that organic, street-level feel. Listening to Lech sing, it can be a surprise that he was born in Warsaw, Poland, and raised by Polish political refugees. He learned his vocal stylings from contraband American recordings of Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Louis Armstrong, and later at Oberlin College and on the club circuit in Oakland, California. With the additions of Johnny Bones on tenor sax and clarinet, Lorenzo Loera on keyboards, and Beau Bradbury on bass, they’ve built a powerful full-band sound to support Wierzynski’s vocals. More like parties than traditional concerts, their shows feature extensive off-stage jamming and crowd interaction. “The whole point is to erase the boundaries between the crowd and us,” Wierzynski says. “We don't make setlists. We want requests. We want crowd involvement, to make people become a part of the whole thing by dancing along, singing, picking the songs and generally coming out of their shells.”
Lindsay Lou
Lindsay Lou
Lindsay Lou has been making soulful, poignant music for the last decade. An
undeniable powerhouse, Lou’s remarkable gifts as a singer, songwriter, musician
and performer demand the listener’s attention. Her singing floats over the
masterful playing and deep groove of her band with both a fierce intensity and
a tender intimacy.
Lindsay Lou’s fourth album, Southland (released April 2018), is a transformative
and heart-wrenching ten-song stunner. Lou’s voice—and its unique ability to
create an expansive, almost physically tangible soundscape—carries each song
on Southland forward, made even more recognizable and potent by bandmates
Josh Rilko (mandolin, vocals) and PJ George (bass, vocals) and special guests.
The beauty with which the sounds on Southland slip into the ether is the product of an emotionally difficult time for Lindsay and her band—
who, as musicians often do, entered the studio to “hash it out.” The process, demonstrated by the music on Southland, was sincere and
stirring and introspective.
Southland kicks off with “Roll With Me,” an expansive anthem with Lou’s robust vocals on full display. “Go There Alone” was written during
an “Immersion Composition Society” experiment that Lou does from time to time, and the sound fully developed with the band a little later
on. The lazy, beautiful harmonies pull at your heartstrings in a way that feels like home, despite the lonely and bittersweet message. And
though songs like “The Voice” and “Southland” were spurred on by more abstract ideas and words, they transformed as collaborators started
freestyling with their instruments and Lou simply sang what came to mind. Impressively enough, Lou plays electric bass, electric guitar, and
acoustic guitar on the album’s title track. “Southland” is about the natural beauty of the South, which to Lou, adds a sense of calm and
connectedness to a region known too often for its divisiveness. Having recently left her home state of Michigan to put down roots in Nashville
with the band, the influence of this change is felt throughout the themes and ideas expressed on Southland.
Born the daughter of a coal miner in middle Missouri, Lindsay Lou’s family moved to Michigan shortly after Lindsay was born. She describes
her family as close knit and musical, their lives influenced heavily by her maternal grandmother’s radical ideals and zest for life. In fact, if you
ask Lindsay, her grandmother—a woman who was once put in jail during the Civil Rights Movement for teaching a lesson on the “f” word as
a high school literature teacher—is one of her greatest influences to this day. Armed with her activist spirit, Lou’s grandmother set up a
Christian commune in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for her growing family of twelve, as well as some stragglers. There in a big farmhouse,
Lou’s dad was their neighbor.
Raised with this sense of community, Lou recalls always being surrounded by music. So when the time came for her to join a band, for Lou,
it felt like finding a home away from home. Her career, like her life, have been full of great moments of kismet. As a youth, Lou built her
repertoire by practicing her vocals, and she picked up the guitar so she could play with her Uncle Stuckey, perhaps most musically influential
on her of her mother’s siblings. The skills she honed during the days of learning to sing and play with her family led to a wide variety of
musical opportunities, singing in choir in high school, attending an elite summer program at Interlochen on scholarship, and winning awards
for her talents.
Today, touring nationally and internationally year round, Lindsay Lou and her band continue to collect a mass of friends and fans along the
way. Notable U.S. festival plays include Telluride Bluegrass festival, Merlefest, Stagecoach, Redwing, ROMP, GreyFox, and a slew of others.
Abroad, they have appeared at Scotland’s Shetland Island Folk Fest and the Celtic Connections tour, Australia’s National Folk Festival, and
others. Of the live show, fRoots Magazine reviewed “...[Lindsay Lou is] the most affectingly expressive singer since Amy Winehouse, backed
by the new Punch Brothers.” The Boot, who featured Lindsay Lou Band as a “Can’t Miss Act at AmericanaFest 2018, says “...Lou brings
introspection and masterful vocal work to her live show.”
In the words of famed bluegrass musician David Grier, who caught Lindsay Lou Band at a recent festival, “Lindsay...sings the way you would
want to if'n you could. Phrasing, tone, emotion, it's all there. Effortless seemingly. Simply mesmerizing. Riveting! Don't miss the musical force
that is Lindsay Lou.”
Venue Information:
The High Watt
One Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203
http://thehighwatt.com/