The third time has been the charm for The California Honeydrops.
"Like You Mean It," The Honeydrops' third studio album and its newest release, is an evolution of the band's hybrid sound that features elements of New Orleans style, blues, funk and soul with shimmers of other genres. Based in Oakland, Calif., The Honeydrops' fresh album is coupled with heartfelt lyrics and an energy that feels so organic you'd swear the band's Polish frontman, Lech Wierzynski, was crooning right in front of you.
Since "Like You Mean It" already convincingly sounds like a well-polished live album, imagine how boggled your mind will get when The Honeydrops take the stage on Wednesday at the Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach for its Delaware debut, sharing the stage with JJ Grey & Mofro.
"We're really happy to be going out and playing those tunes," Wierzynski said of The Honeydrops' new album.
One of the sparkly tunes Wierzynski has his eye on is "Got The Feeling," a song that's reminiscent of Louis Armstrong's version of "When The Saints Go Marching In," yet with a faster tempo, groovier bass and a nice handclap. Lately in concert, The Honeydrops have been hosting a mini dance contest while playing a remixed version of "Got The Feeling," a rendition that borrows the baseline and drum beat from King Curtis & The Kingpins' "Memphis Soul Stew."
"We divide the crowd up in two teams and make them have a dance off," Wierzynski said. "That's been a really fun one."
The Honeydrops might also dish out a few covers, which would be an added treat since the band has an uncanny ability of rearranging a tune to the point where you'll mistake it for a Honeydrops original. The guys do a mean cover of country icon Hank Williams' lesser-known "Singing Waterfall" that they transform into an old soul/blues song.
Their version of "Singing Waterfall" ─ which the band recorded on its 2012 album, "Honeydrops Live" ─ always baffles concertgoers. Some have heard it and said "You turned that country song into a psychedelic gospel," Wierzynski explained. Others claimed it sounds like "Hank Williams reimagined as Curtis Mayfield."
Though he appreciates the comments, Wierzynski doesn't get hung up on trying to categorize the band's originals or covers. He's only concerned with one thing.
"If you like it, you like it," he said. "That's all there is to it."
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WHAT California Honeydrops, JJ Grey and Mofro in concert
WHEN 8 p.m., Wednesday
WHERE Bottle & Cork, 1807 Highway One, Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach
INFO Visit deweybeachlife.com or call 227-7272