· 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)
 


Recently Double-D sent me a new group, The Head Honchos, out of Indiana and their first album, Bring It On Home. Trouble is, it came in as an electronic file, and as many of you know, my ability with computers lies more in the psychology of the human-machine paradigm that actually knowing how to run one of the damn things. Fortunately, I was able to figure out how to listen to the album, and it’s a good thing I did, because it is a hard rocking blues album – and while that’s not usually my strong suit, I found that the group, which is comprised of the father and son guitar team of Rocco Calipari Sr. and Jr.; Roberto Agosto and C.C. Copeland split time on bass; and Scott Schultz on drums. Special guests on this album include Steve Bell on keys; Phil Smith on additional percussion; Jo Jo Dotlich on harp; Joe J. Brown on sax; and Mitch Goldman on trumpet.

The album starts off at a blistering pace with the pounding high energy of Not For Me. This song is one for the heavy rock blues fans with some solid guitar runs and heavy percussion taking over the breaks. It’s doubtful that the classic blues lovers will embrace but for those that love over the top rock mixed with their blues, buckle in, it’s going to be a wild ride. The Honchos get funky with the next number. Old And Tired has got a solid rock beat that reminds me of late ‘70’s works that dropped in a little dance beat to go with the rock. While hard rock blues is generally not my cup of tea, the younger listeners that I shared this with were breaking into spontaneous air-guitar demonstrations. Next up is a quick, almost punk rock energetic son titled Work. Few truer words than “Everybody’s got to work for a living” have been spoken. Or in this case, sung. By now the traditional blues fans may have moved on leaving the rest of the album for those who love the harder edged material. Good song and impressive in its attitude. The band brings the tempo down to 11 with Come Strong. It’s a powerful song, almost a ballad in comparison to the first few numbers. One thing that is truly impressive is Schultz’ percussion and Calipari père et fils‘ guitar. Both are tightly controlled but give the impression that they could veer off into the stratosphere without notice. Nice trick. Next To You brings out a little funk along with some solid guitar licks. It’s easy to see why The Head Honchos have invited comparisons to the likes of Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan. While that’s mighty lofty company to hang with, they deserve the praise. This is another good time dance inducing number that has got to be a crowd pleaser live. They follow up with a smoking track. Mean Old World showcases some sweet guitar runs and this is the kind of song that blues rock fans grab onto and play over and over. I admit that this is my favorite song off the album so far. It’s blues enough to make you happy with a rock edge that’s reminiscent of some of Gary Moore’s work and I’ve always enjoyed his approach. There’s some nice keyboard work on Fire On The Bayou, another song with the intensity turned up way past 11. It has a ton of energy and attitude and this one, along with the previous track should be getting some serious airplay. I would love to catch this one live, just to see the interplay between the band members. They trade licks like the best jazz bands and that’s pretty high praise. The opening of Lucky’s Train is one that sucks you into the song quickly and appeases my blues loving heart. Unfortunately for producers of blues terrestrial radio shows, there’s a phrase (“shit-eating grin”) that might limit air play. Shame, because the song rocks, and features some nice harp work by Jo Jo Dotlich. The drive keeps going with the next number, Whiskey Devil. I’ve met that devil on a few occasions and this song brings back memories of many a lost night. I like this song a lot and it truly packs a punch. They follow up with the aptly named That Driving Beat. The beat does drive and it drives hard. It would be hard to pass on getting out of your seat and hitting the dance floor on this one. The Honchos slow things down a little for 99 1/2 Won’t Do. It’s a ballad but on their own terms, nothing too slow and sentimental and with some killer guitar licks. Listening to this group, you might have to go way back to find two such accomplished guitarists in the same band. For six string fans, this album has been a treat. Things don’t slow down for long as the Honchos kick into overdrive on Going Down. This is vintage Allman Brothers sounding and they nail it from the first lick through the entire song. Very good song and one that should also get airplay. The album closes with a seven-minute jam on Soul Free. Coupled with the previous track cements my opinion that they favorably compare with the Allmans. This is a lovely anthem that is a great closer and showcases the bands prodigious talents.

If you don’t get out to The Head Honchos’ home in Indiana very much, you might have to make a trip to the Hoosier State in order to catch them live. Probably not for long however as news of this strong album moves out to the rest of the world. I can easily see them playing major festivals and converting new fans the way that Bring It On Home converted me.

Professor Johnny P. / Juke Joint Bog Spot (February 2019)
 


The blues are a dynamic art form, and when they are rocking they are even better. Head Honchos truly deliver on both accounts in their latest release, Bring It On Home, with 13 outstanding blues rock tracks. Every one is worthy of attention, making these songs perfect for radio airplay and placement consideration for television and film. The blues guitar will grab your attention while the smoky vocals will keep your toes tapping and your ears on full alert. This one belongs on repeat. Even though it was released back in July, we think it will become a timeless part of your collection.

Recommendation: Definitely Get this one if you love a rocking blues beat.

LA Music Critic (December 2018)
 


The region father and son guitar duo of Rocco Sr. and Rocco Jr Calipari highlight the hard rocking blues tinged album from the Head Honchos on Grooveyard Records. The album is electrifying with Rocco Sr. , a consummate guitar virtuoso having passed on his talent to Rocco Jr. The dueling guitars lay down electrifying grooves on the 13 songs on the album. Rocco Sr. Brings his blues vocals to an outright great inaugural release of originals and some classic covers. The album is available on most music downloading sites. Definitely worth a listen....And turn it up loud!

John King / 2018 Top 15 Album Entertainer Magazine (December 2018)
 


Bring It On Home, the new album by The Head Honchos is a fully produced masterpiece by Indiana’s own Father and Son team of Rocco Sr. and Rocco Jr. Calipari, Blues / Rock Artists of merit in the local and national music scene. Rocco Sr. is well known for his work with the Chicago music world and his time with Blues band Howard And The White Boys, while his son, Rocco Jr., has been dubbed an “Axe-Slinger” whom has taken what his father has taught him and added his own flair to it, making the sound his own.

Bring It On Home is 13 tracks of solid Blues Mastery, with both a classical and modern “Rock & Roll” feel to a well-honed example of Master Class Music, to be loved and enjoyed, with performance skills envied by many. The bands powerhouse groove is led by dual guitar sound that rips open the silence, chord progressions and rhythms that sink deep and lock you in.

We will examine and highlight the best tracks, though there are many, a few stand out as key pieces of musical prowess and sheer Genius, “Not For Me”, “Work”, “Mean Old World”, “Fire On The Bayou”, “Whiskey Devil” and “Soul Free” are stand up and stand out tracks, songs that I feel channel the inspirations of the greats of our past, riffs inspired by the greats, insuring the legacy of R&B forever.

The Head Honchos brings to both the live music scene and recording experience music with intense body moving rhythms and emotionally charged guitar expressions. Grounded on the foundations of American blues, rock, soul, and funk, The Head Honchos launch every tune with an irresistible invitation to kick back, let go, and enthusiastically enjoy.

The Calipari’s “Detroit Schooled” vocals will leave no doubt of the unapologetic American Blues Identity and an artistic celebration, The Head Honchos introduce great music to an appreciative audience.

Joseph Timmons / IndiePulse Music (December 2018)
 


Rocco Calipari Sr. is a recognized blues rock guitarist from Chicago, he played with Buddy Guy, Bo Diddeley, Chuck Berry, Son Seals etc. This Rocco has a son, Rocco Jr. , and that has grown undeniably with his father's blues rock. It is therefore not surprising that he picked up the guitar. Father who, as founder and member of Howard and the Whiteboys, left his traces in the bluesrock in the US but also in Europe. Father and son Calipari are lovers of the spicy blues rock genre and found hearing at Grooveyard Records = then you know you know what you're getting. Many guitar virtuosos have already found shelter here, I call Lance Lopez, Indigenous, Jesse Jay Johnson, Bryce Janey, Tony Spinner, etc.

From the first number is the gas, but it must be said it is not just ragging with father and son Rocco alias The Head Honchos . As they say themselves, their musical preference, in addition to blues rock, also has old soul and funk, as witnessed by the well-designed covers of Wilson Pickett and The Neville Brothers. With input from musical friends with a Hammond, the harmonica and some horns they bring a nice mix of songs. I can not say otherwise this is blues rock from which I come from my chair. Recorded with good friend and engineer Mike Reagen, in Mike's own studio The Barn in Indiana, this production sounds like a clock.

The CD starts tempo with Not For Me, followed by Old An Tired with a nice slide. Nice drawn-out solos by father and son Rocco and improvising on each others input. Work with a nice funky slant is a very fast song with stomping bass work, chopping drums, top blues rock. That they have more in-house they let them hear with Come Strong, who is inclined to Southern rock. The work is reminiscent of Robert John and the Wreck, also the joking Hammond in the background. After this steaming start of the album father and son take some gas back and throw a nice slowblues pestle in the form of (Van Morrison) Mean Old World , where Rocco jr puts down a nice solo. With (The Neville Brothers) Fire On The Bayou , The Head Honchos throw a funky song, each band member gets the highlights, followed by more than wah wah solo. These are the nicely decorated tracks. As they also show with (Willy Mictchels) That Driving Beat, an irresistibly tasty performance with horns. And what about (Wilson Pickett) , 99 1-2 Will not Do, where the groove is right in your hips. Rocco senior sung with conviction. Here also a tough performance through the bladder section and ripping guitar work. The knocked-down Going Down by Don Nix I skip for a while because you close with your best song. With the thick seven minutes of Soul Free they put down a beautiful song that deserves full attention. This is Southern rock from the top shelf, clearly inspired by Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman brothers. Velvet gently opening followed by that characteristic sound, fine vocals, building to an end full of guitar solos, piano work, and a floating Hammond. It brings you in a relaxed mood. A beautiful plate deliver the Head Honchos here.

Jos Verhagen / Blues Magazine - Holland (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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