The California Honeydrops Want You To Dance Away The Bad Vibes To Their New Tune “I Miss You Baby Pt. 1”

Article Contributed by IVPR | Published on Thursday, August 25, 2022

Bay-Area R&B/Soul favorites The California Honeydrops set the scene for their new single, “I Miss You Baby Pt. 1,” with a sensual, unassuming piano intro before a snare drum crack ushers in the song’s signature staccato horn line and the dance party ensues. The juxtaposition of the song’s upbeat feel and lonesome lyrics is exactly how Honeydrops vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynkski wanted it to play out. “Dance to this one to get all that reminiscing and regret out of your mind, body, and soul,” he encourages. The second sneak-peek from their upcoming full-length album, Soft Spot, “I Miss You Baby Pt. 1” has all of the energy of a band returning to the studio after a forced hiatus—and all of the classic, groovy feel fans have come to love over The California Honeydrops’ 14-year career together.

The Honeydrops have come a long way since Wierzynkski and drummer Ben Malament started busking in an Oakland subway station, but the band has stayed true to that organic, street-level feel. With the additions of Johnny Bones on tenor sax and clarinet, Lorenzo Loera on keyboards, and Beau Beaullieu on bass, they’ve built a powerful full-band sound to support Wierzynski’s vocals.

Today, Relix premiered “I Miss You Baby Pt. 1,” writing “a soulful groovin’ tune that could easily slip into the finest of leisure suits.” Also adding, “Not only does the track inspire the listener to slow down, but it also serves as a perfect example of the group’s inclination to blur the line between the stage and the person dancing in the first row.” Fans can hear the Honeydrops’ new tune at this link, listen to the previously-released “Takin’ My Time” here, and pre-order or pre-save Soft Spot ahead of its October 7th release right here.

This year has also brought 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 nationwide Lil Bit Of Lovin’ Tour in Napa on September 9th. A full list of tour dates can be found below or at

Catch The California Honeydrops On Tour:

Sept. 9 - St. Helena, CA - Charles Krug Winery

Sept. 10 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Gathering

Sept. 11 - Perris, CA - Same Same But Different Festival 2022

Sept. 19 - Buena Vista, CO - Ivy Ballroom at Surf Hotel

Sept. 20 - Crested Butte, CO - Center for the Arts

Sept. 22 - Telluride, CO - Sheridan Opera House

Sept. 24 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up

Oct. 14 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre

Oct. 16 - Flagstaff, AZ - Yucca North

Oct. 18 - Durango, CO - Animas City Theatre - SOLD OUT

Oct. 19 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf

Oct. 21 - Denver, CO - Mission Ballroom

Oct. 22 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads

Oct. 23 - St. Louis, MO - The Big Top

Oct. 25 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club - SOLD OUT

Oct. 26 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club

Oct. 27 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall

Oct. 29 - Indianapolis, IN - HI-FI Annex

Oct. 30 - Ferndale, MI - Magic Bag

Oct. 31 - Kalamazoo, MI - Bell’s Brewery

Nov. 2 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground

Nov. 3 - Portland, ME - Aura

Nov. 5 - New York, NY - Sony Hall

Nov. 6 - Boston, MA - Royale Boston

Nov. 8 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live

Nov. 9 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre

Nov. 11 - Charlottesville, VA - The Jefferson Theater

Nov. 12 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel

Nov. 13 - Highlands, NC - Highlands Food and Wine Festival 2022

Jan. 15-22, 2023 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Sandy Beaches Cruise 2023

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