Howard and the White Boys will be recording a live CD at Rosa’s Lounge on Friday August 2. Come out to Rosa’s to be part of the action. Maybe you’ll be able to be heard on the recording screaming your favorite Johnny Winter yell or that fire engine impersonation that you do so well. The recording will be released not long after the show. No specific date is set as of yet.
The band was formed in 1988 and has been playing the Chicago area for over twenty years. They got together while original members bassist/vocalist Howard McCullum and drummer Jim Christopulos attended Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Ill. They were joined by former members, guitarists Dan Bellini and Steve Asma. Asma left sometime after the first album to pursue academics, he was replaced by Rocco Calipari. Bellini, who also contributed harmonica, stuck around through their first live effort in 2000, “Live at Chord On Blues”.
Long time guitarist Rocco Calipari has been with the band since at least their second release, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” which came out in 1997. Guitarist Pete Galanis joined the group in 2004. Rocco left the band in 1999 for family reasons. He returned in 2001. Rocco was replaced for that period by Giles Corey. Giles’ lone CD appearance was on “Live at Chord On Blues”.
They have opened for or played with a vast list of blues monarchy. Among them were B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, Luther Allison, Junior Wells, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. They have toured all over the United States and Europe.
Buddy Guy has supported the band throughout their career. He gave them regular gigs at his bar Legends and by doing so exposed them to a wider audience. Legends attracts many tourists. When performing at Legends, Buddy has jumped up on stage to perform with them. He has taken them on several major Midwestern tours as his opening act. He gave them the ultimate compliment by making a guest appearance on their third release “The Big $core”. He plays that scorching guitar and contributes vocals in a duet with Howard on “I Thank You”.
After the release of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, Philadelphia based Evidence Records took notice of the band and signed them to a multi-record deal. Their last three recordings have been for Evidence.
Their most recent album was released in 2007 and is called “Made In Chicago”. The title is so appropriate because that’s where they have honed their skill all these years. It was truly made in Chicago.