· HEAD HONCHOS - BRING IT ON HOME (GYR171) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. NOT FOR ME
02. OLD AND TIRED
03. WORK
04. COME STRONG
05. NEXT TO YOU
06. MEAN OLD WORLD
07. FIRE ON THE BAYOU
08. LUCKY'S TRAIN
09. WHISKEY DEVIL
10. THAT DRIVIN' BEAT
11. 99 1/2 WON'T DO
12. GOING DOWN
13. SOUL FREE


FORMAT: Audio CD / 4 PANEL WALLET
GYR171 - $13.99

Killer debut studio disc by this excellent blues/rock band from Indiana featuring the Father/Son guitar team of Rocco Sr. & Rocco Jr. Calipari. Includes 13 tracks of solid, hard edged, dual guitar rockin' six string mojo that will rock your good blues jam:house down to the ground.

Rocco Calipari Sr. is a seasoned blues guitarist who has been a long-time member of Howard And The White Boys, an established time-honored blues band based out of Chicago. He has played the blues circuit world wide and lands as a veteran of serious blues guitar music. Following in the footsteps of his father, Rocco Calipari Jr. is an excellent axeslinger who picked up the guitar and learned his bad-ass blues licks and chops from his good Dad. Together they formed the Head Honchos, a kool new band on a real mission to rock the blues Calipari Family Style.

The Head Honchos "Bring It On Home" disc is a kick-ass, blues-based, dual heavy guitar rocker that is Highly recommended to fans of Johnny Winter, SRV, Robin Trower, Walter Trout, Indigenous, Chris Duarte, Buddaheads, Tony Spinner, Craig Erickson, Bryce Janey & The Janeys and to worldwide fans & lovers of first rate blues/rock guitar music.


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01. NOT FOR ME
02. OLD AND TIRED
03. WORK
04. COME STRONG
05. NEXT TO YOU
06. MEAN OLD WORLD
07. FIRE ON THE BAYOU
08. LUCKY'S TRAIN
09. WHISKEY DEVIL
10. THAT DRIVIN' BEAT
11. 99 1/2 WON'T DO
12. GOING DOWN
13. SOUL FREE

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· reviews ·

Bring It On Home, the debut album from Indiana newcomers Head Honchos, is a family affair. Father and son, side by side, guitars in hand and the blues in their hearts. The elder of the two, Rocco Calipari Sr, ain’t no new kid on the block, time already well served with respected outfit Howard And The White Boys. The younger - you guessed it - Rocco Calipari Jr, is his father’s equal, the mix of youthful exuberance and maturity serving the pair well as they blast out a smart mix of originals and covers. Aided by drummer Scott Schultz and alternating bass-men Roberto Agosto and CC Copeland, where this outfit truly make their mark is through their chosen blues-attack. Long known for its serious, maudlin, ‘heavy’ outlook, here the blues are delivered with a glint in its eye and the intention to bring the good times. Sprinkling a little funk here, a slice of soul there and some mighty fine fret frolics just about everywhere, the one thing you’re assured by the time the thirteen tracks have had their way with you, is that you’ll be grinning from ear to ear. “Lucky’s Train” even alluding to that fact, the lyrics talking of a shit eating grin as a deep harmonica fuelled groove thunders into the station.

Whether it’s the more familiar tones of “Fire On The Bayou” and “Going Down”, or the brand new and undoubtedly spanking “Not For Me”, with its tribal beats, and “Whiskey Devil” and its darting guitar and horns, there’s an irresistible up-tempo vibe that runs so deep through these songs that you just have to give in to it. The mix of the album from Mike Regan assures there’s also a clear picture of exactly what’s going on, while the mastering work from Grooveyard Records regular Stavros Papadopoulos is remarkably bright. Although the sheer force of the kick-drum and bass guitar in the opening pair of cuts on this album, does, at volume, dance maybe just a little too readily in your chest.

That, however, is the only minor quibble as “That Drivin’ Beat” careens past with no little precision and poise, and “Work” hits home with real force and passion. With Rocco Snr possessing a hugely convincing vocal bark and a serous flair on the frets, it’s Jnr who locks in tight with the rhythm men, as they lay down the unmovable foundations and allow the melodies and solos to weave their spell. Bring It On Home is exciting, it’s vibrant, but most of all, this debut from the Head Honchos is damn good fun.

Steven Reid / Sea Of Tranquility (September 2018)
 


Already reading the band name and the title kinda made me think this could be southern influenced, shit kickin’ hard rock. The CD starts off with ”Not For Me” and I wasn’t that far off target. It’s definitely shit kickin’ hard rock, but I guess it’s more bluesy than southern. ”Old And Tired” continues in a cool swing funk heavy blues vibe, actually with a touch of Stevie Salas, with is great in my book. Nice phat groove! ”Work” kicks up the tempo a notch. Slide guitar, chunky Hammond organ and a cook funky groove. Great energetic vocals and killer guitar licks. In ”Come Strong” they do give it a southern rock touch, but it also has a straight ahead blues rock vibe to it. It’s a track that has ”dance” written all over it. ”Next To You” kicks it off with a cool drum groove and some slide guitar. One of my favorites is the super grooving ”Whiskey Devil” and the band’s kick ass version of ”Going Down”. A really cool, groove oriented, swinging blues rock album with a southern touch.

Janne Stark / Stark Music Reviews (September 2018)
 


“Head Honchos’ new CD ‘Bring it on Home’ is a musical phenomenon. Plain and simple. Perfectly crafted blues-rock from start to finish — with no filler — the music grabs you and doesn’t let you go. Each track — eight originals and five covers — is a masterpiece, performed with precision, feeling, and power. The twin guitars of Rocco Calipari Sr. and Jr. far surpass Duane and Dickey, or any other guitar team for that matter, displaying virtuoso chops that have to be heard to be believed. There’s nothing these men can’t do with their guitars! The nuanced, tasty and endlessly energetic music on this CD is further enhanced by a stellar rhythm section and several guest artists, all contributing to the overall sound with masterful musicianship. The band as a whole takes us through avenues of funk, jazz, rock, blues, and every other delectable sound you can imagine — but all with an intense, musical expertise that is rarely found in the modern world. These cats are about as good as it gets. Check out this CD and hear what real blues-rock is all about!”

Steven J. Rosen / Author + Journalist (August 2018)
 


'Bring It On Home' is the debut studio album by Head Honchos, a blues rock band from Indiana. The core of the band are two guitarists, father and son Calipari. Rocco Calipari Sr. has been blues guitarist for some time and is part of Howard And The White Boys, a blues band from Chicago. His son Rocco Calipari Jr. is a rising talent who learned everything from his father.

On 'Bring It On Home' you'll find thirteen tracks with "kick-ass, blues-based, dual heavy guitar rockers" that blues rock guitar fans from Johnny Winter, SRV, Robin Trower, Walter Trout, Indigenous, Chris Duarte and Buddaheads undoubtedly will appeal.

Besides the original Calipari songs there are also some covers on the debut album. The Calipari's chose after a series of five originals with which they open, for T-Bone Walker's "Mean Old World", Neville Brother's "Fire On the Bayou" (with some extra percussion from Phil Smith), Willie Mitchell's "That Driving Beat", Eddie Floyd's shuffle "99 ½ Will not Do" (with Joe JB Brown on sax and Mitch Goldman on trumpet) and the Don Nix classic "Going Down".

Stay on it, the eight originals. The opener "Not For Me" is already a trendsetter, with Calipari Sr. that powerfully does the vocals and the dueling guitars that determine the number in solos. "Old and Tired" is a funky blues song in which we hear a modest Steve Ball on keys and "Work" extends an extension here. "Come Strong" is a rock song with Roberto Agosto as one of the two drummers, who set the tight pace here. "Next to You" opens with a lot of slide and in "Lucky's Train" (with Jo Jo Dotlich on harmonica) it is Scott Schultz who is also drummer on the other tracks. "Whiskey Devil" (a song with a lot of guitar pedal effects) is the somewhat different track in this blues bit, while "Soul Free" shows the final part of the album which is a showcase for the Southern side of the Calipari duo.

Head Honchos' debut 'Bring It On Home' introduces us to Rocco Calipari Sr. & Jr. It is a blues band that offers excellent variety and will appeal to blues & rock fans.

Eric Schuurmans / Rootstime (August 2018)
 



 


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