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Open Wide

by The Romeos

The Romeos rock under the influence of rhythm, blues,the British Invasion, church music, country music, and alcohol to sling out a great sounding, lyric driven, free-wheeling gumbo of Southern American music.
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1. Open Wide
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2. Go Go Go
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3. Did You Ever
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4. Jezebel
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5. Walk and Talk
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6. How'm I Doin' Now
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7. Hide It All Away
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8. Everyone's Gotta Go
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9. A Love Life
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10. The Secret Of Love
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11. Goodbye Nadine
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12. For You (Another One / A Lucky Man)
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In 1978, Louisiana native Jerry Honigman was living in Los Angeles and recording under a "spec" deal as a singer-songwriter for Elektra Records. After presenting the label with a set of new songs with a concept for a rock band called The Romeos, Honigman found himself without the aforementioned "spec" deal. Taking matters into his own hands, he, along with musical partner and friend, drummer Dony Wynn, returned to Louisiana to record the demo himself. He and Wynn recruited guitarists Dan "Dief" Diefenderfer and Bootsie Normand (who had returned from New York after a stint as legendary producer Joseph Papp's musical director). With assistance on bass from Danny Milliner, currently with Brooks and Dunn, six songs were recorded and taken back to L.A.

This recording subsequently led to a record contract with CBS's Columbia label. The album, "Rock and Roll and Love and Death" was released in 1980, spawning the hit "Seriously Affected." A national tour followed, with Kenny Gradney of Little Feat on bass. The band broke up and reunited several times over the next few years, each time musically more exciting and personally more volatile than the last. Their last collective effort, with Frank Blair on bass and John Stahaely on guitar, was an exciting EP produced by Bernard Edwards in 1986.

Throughout the years, Honigman has compiled a large body of work as a writer and recording artist while working with such notable musicians as members of Toto, The Meters, Little Feat, Tommy Tutone, James Newton Howard, Cher, David Williams, Bob Glaub, Micheal Smotherman, Valerie Carter, and others. He has also worked with an impressive array of producers including David Paich, Tom Knox, Geoff Workman, Ed Cherney, and Bernard Edwards. His projects have included "The Shotgun Record", "The Mood Swings - Under Control", and "Blues From Love Street."

Since returning to Louisiana in 1989, Honigman has enjoyed a successful musical collaboration with Bud Albright on drums, H.B.Smith on bass, and Ellene Owens on keyboards. After recording 27 tracks for a new project three years ago, Honigman realized he had something which, once again, fit under the name The Romeos. That CD, "When In Rome", featured original members Dief, lead guitar on 5 tracks and co-writer on two others, and Bootsie, moral support (illness has forced his retirement from playing)and offered a stylish mix of mature songs, featuring sharp musicianship and a bold, brash, instantly accessible sound.

The latest Romeos release, "Open Wide", features the strongest collection of Honigman-penned songs yet, including a live Los Angeles recording by the 1984 line-up of Jerry, Dief, Bootsie, Bud, Dony Wynn on drums, and Frank Blair on bass. This great sounding disc is full of roots-rocking, R&B, country, and church influenced songs with great hooks and terrific lyrics. Plenty to think about, plenty to sing along with.

"Open Wide" is an essential disc to own in 2003 and an indispensable addition to the Romeos body of work. For more music by Jerry, go to JERRY HONIGMAN.



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Terry Pinkard

Wow. Real rock and roll, real art.
Wow. I remember the Romeos of the 80's as great musicians and as the kings of swagger and attitude. Now they've reappeared, almost twenty years later, with the same sound, tighter than ever, better than ever, off and on leavening their sound with a country feel. What's great here, though, is the way their songwriter, Jerry Honigman, has taken that sound (which was always something great beyond description) and put it to entirely new uses: It's tight, bluesy, rock and roll about coming to terms with life, losing, acquiring, losing, and acquiring again a kind of faith (sometimes religious, sometimes not), songs about the pain not just of breaking up but of actually getting divorced, songs of doubt and affirmation. If art is supposed to tell us what it's like to be an individual human being with all the kind of messy detail that each of carries around in our lives, then the Romeos have achieved something almost impossible to carry off: Real rock and roll that's real art. At least in my experience, when older rockers get it into their heads to make art, they usually don't become artists, just artsy -- they become tedious instead of thoughtful. Not here: the Romeos blast out music both to dance to and to think about -- and, as if to remind us that it is, after all, only rock and roll, they also throw in a quintessential pop-another-bottle-top-keep-the-party-going rocker, "Go Go Go," to complement the driving beat of the wonderful and reflective title track, "Open Wide" (which itself should become the defining song of the new decade). In my opinion, the Romeos have here provided real insight set to a driving beat, rock and roll suitable for sixteen to sixty year olds. Quite an achievement -- I would have never thought it could have been done. Wow.

Andrew Binkursky - Cenla Focus Magazine

Get ready for some serious rockin'...the disc is excellent!
Get ready for some serious rockin'...the disc is excellent! Unique touches throughout. As always, Honigman's lyrics give fans something to think about while his distinctive music thoroughly entertains.

Andrew Griffin, The Alexandria Town Talk

A solid collection of fun and heartfelt songs.
A solid collection of fun and heartfelt songs; I heard a number of influences, including fellow Louisiana native Randy Newman, Steely Dan's Donald Fagan,... even the sharp-tounged wit of Elvis Costello. And there is a definite country feel running through the album, but it's more of an alt-country sound reminiscent of the Jayhawks or Sun Volt. It's clear to see why they were popular then as they are now. The Romeos' latest offering is definitely worth picking up.