2 New Albums, tour dates and a t-shirt

Hello Music Fans, I have some news.  I’ve got 2 records that I produced coming out on October 12th, some tour dates and, for the first time in a very long time, a t-shirt available on my website.

I’ve been working with The Bottle Rockets since 1994’s “The Brooklyn Side”. Their new record titled “Bit Logic” will be the 7th record I’ve produced for them (not including mixing for “Not So Loud” and “The Bottle Rockets Movie”).

The band wanted to get a little more ‘country’ for this one and that means Bottle Rockets Country, not Wardrobe Country.  As with their last full length “South Broadway Athletic Club” their new one was recorded in one song a day fashion in St. Louis and mixed with Mario Viele and I at Cowboy Technical in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Every member of the band made big contributions to the record and we kept it “in house” with just Brian, Mark, Keith, John and I playing on it.  To me this is the most interesting sounding Bottle Rockets record since 1997’s “24 Hours A Day”.  

It’s available everywhere through Bloodshot Records on Oct 12th.  Pre-order here.  Have a listen to the title track.

Sarah Borges and I met through the band formerly known as Girls Guns & Glory (now Ward Hayden & the Outliers). I ended up producing and playing on her “Good & Dirty” EP.  When my “Lakeside” record came out she offered to do some combo shows with me. In the last couple years we’ve done a lot of them where we perform each other’s songs with her crack band The Broken Singles.

For her new record “Love’s Middle Name” we recorded quick and live at the new Cowboy Technical in Greenpoint. Sarah’s very fearless in the studio and she likes the rough edges that over doing the process has a way of smoothing out. This one’s definitely not smooth.

We had been doing a couple duets live and I was very excited and surprised when Sarah brought one that she wrote for us to do on the record. You can hear “Get As Gone Can Get” below and pre-order the album here.

As luck would have it The Bottle Rockets and Sarah Borges will be touring for a couple of weeks. I’ll be playing with Sarah and Mark Ortmann and Keith Vogele from the Bottle Rockets will be playing bass and drums with us like they did on the 2018 Outlaw Country Cruise.

Here are the dates.

10/11/18 Grand Rapids, Michigan Tip Top Deluxe
10/12/18 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern
10/13/18 Buffalo, NY The Sportsman’s Tavern
10/14/18 Toronto, Ontario Lee’s Palace
10/16/18 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
10/17/18 New York Hill Country BBQ
10/18/18 Washington DC Gypsy Sally’s
10/19/18 Philadelphia, PA MilkBoy

There are more gigs with Spanking Charlene, The Mark McKay Band and some solo Roscoe house concerts listed on the Gigs page.

I’ve also got a T-shirt. This is a hand drawing I made of the Urie 1178 Stereo Compressor we have at Cowboy Technical. We use this compressor on the drum overheads of almost all of our recordings and I thought it would make a cool t-shirt. It’s available on the Store page.  Limited quantities hop on it!

Jimbo Mathus at CTS in his Roscoe T-Shirt

If you want to stay up to date you can read about various goings on with recordings, guitars, bikes and food on my Produced By Eric “Roscoe” Ambel Facebook page or follow me at The_Eric Ambel on Instagram

Summer 2018 Lots of Musical goings on going on.

The Bottle Rockets next record titled “Bit Logic” has been recorded (in St. Louis), mixed (in Brooklyn) and mastered (in Nashville) and is slated for an October release on Bloodshot Records from Chicago.  This is the 7th record I’ve produced for the band and I’m super excited for you to be able to hear it soon.  Go to their site for pre-order info.

Eric Ambel, Brian Henneman, Keith Vogele at Cowboy Technical in Greenpoint, Brooklyn mixing the upcoming Bottle Rockets record.

In 2014 I got to meet Sarah Borges through the guys from Girls, Guns & Glory.  I produced her EP “Good & Dirty” which was released in 2016 and since then we have played a lot of shows together.  Me playing her songs and Sarah backing me on mine.  We’ve got 10 tracks for her upcoming album “Love’s Middle Name” completed and we’ll start mixing soon.  This record is to be released in October too. Go here to pre-order Sarah’s new record.

Twangfest 22 June 9. 18 photo by Nate Burrel

Spanking Charlene’s next record titled “Find Me Out” is also in the works in Brooklyn at Cowboy Technical Services.  We’ve got all the songs recorded and are one day of overdubs away from mixing on that one too.  It’s a barnburner for sure.  Fans of Spanking Charlene and their alter ego the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn are gonna like it.

Also working on records with Girls On Grass, Nate Schweber, HEAP and Mary Lee Kortes.

I’ll also be mixing Devil Dog Road‘s upcoming record.  The new Squirrel Nut Zippers record “Beasts of Burgundy” that Mario Viele and I mixed at Cowboy Technical has been on the iTunes Jazz chart!

My band will play 2 special gigs July 12 & 13 supporting the great Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ at Hill Country in DC and Manhattan.

Keep an eye on the gigs pages as I play monthly with the Mark McKay Band and Spanking Charlene.

More gigs with Sarah Borges coming up this fall and if you don’t have it already check out the Roscoe Sampler on the Store page.

e-mail info@cowboytechnical.com for more info about recording or mixing at CTS

2018 is here!

Hello Friends,

I’m starting the new year with a lot of work in the studio and a trip to the 3rd Sold Out Outlaw Country Cruise.  It’s gonna be exciting with many musical friends on the boat.  I’ll be playing my own gigs and also backing up Sarah Borges plus who knows what!?!

In the last year doing gigs in support of the Lakeside album I’ve met a lot of new people.  As I was getting ready for the Outlaw Country Cruise it came to me that it might be nice to have playlist type record with songs from “Roscoe’s Gang”, “Loud & Lonesome” and “Knucklehead” for the fans, both new and old.  I’ve also included an unreleased song of mine titled A Charmer’s Tale in the record which I’m calling the “Roscoe Sampler”

I made this special for the Outlaw Country Cruise but I have a few at my store page too.

I’ve got records underway with Sarah Borges, Mary Lee Kortes, Spanking Charlene and The Bottle Rockets.  Hope to head to Tempe, AZ soon too to record DL Marble again.  Keep an eye on the gigs page ’cause I’m adding gigs all the time.

Get yourself some Christmas Cheer

Hello Friends,

I’ve been telling you about the Solo Sounds label from time to time.  Stereophile Magazine did a nice profile on us in their December issue.  Read it here.  They quote Bullethead and explain the whole thing better than I could.  We’ve probably made 70 solo instrumental albums in the last 3 years.  I found time to record 2 songs myself Solo Sounds style.  You can get them now at all the digital music download spots.  

iTunes: Eric Ambel “The Christmas Song”

iTunes: Eric Ambel “White Christmas”

There’s been all kinds of musical activity this year.  I continued to share the stage with the awesome Sarah Borges playing both of our songs.  I mixed a record for the Finnish rock and roll band Devil Dog Road.  The great Tom Heyman record that I mixed called “Show Business Baby” came out to the delight of many rock and roll fans.  We started work on a new Spanking Charlene studio record and I also produced a new band from NYC called Bourbon Express and started a new Surreal McCoys recording.  All of those records will be out in 2018.  Also for 2018 is the new Squirrel Nut Zippers record titled Beasts of Burgundy.  Mario Viele and I mixed that one too at Cowboy Technical Services in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Thanks to everyone who came out to see me play.  It was a great year and the EU/UK tour with Warner Hodges and Webb Wilder was a real highlight.  Hope to make it over again.

Hope to see some of you on the sold out Outlaw Country Cruise in January too.

Also starting a new record for The Bottle Rockets in February.

Fall Music 2017 Lots of gigs here and over there too!

Hello Music Fans,

I’ve got a bunch of gigs coming now through November. The full info is on the gigs page.

Sept 15- Americana Fest in Nashville at The Basement.  Electric Duo with Paul Griffith at 9pm

Sept 20 Los Dudes at Hill Country-Manhattan

Sept 21 Sarah Borges, Eric Ambel & The Broken Singles Hill Country Brooklyn **First time we’ve done this in NYC***

Sept 22 Sarah Borges, Eric Ambel & The Broken Singles Jersey House Concert

Sept 23 Sarah Borges, Eric Ambel & The Broken Singles Private Party

Sept 24 Sarah Borges, Eric Ambel & The Broken Singles DC House Concert

Oct 4th through the 19th I’ll be doing a special tour with Warner Hodges, Webb Wilder and myself playing with Warner’s UK rhythm section John Powney & Andy Dye

November 14 Sarah Borges, Eric Ambel & The Broken Singles Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza Worthington, OH

Nov 15 Sarah Borges, Eric Ambel & The Broken Singles Southgate Revival House Newport, KY

Nov 16 Sarah Borges, Eric Ambel & The Broken Singles Fitzgerald’s Berwyn, IL

Nov 17 Sarah Borges, Eric Ambel & The Broken Singles The Bootleg @ Atomic Cowboy St. Louis, MO

Nov 18 Sarah Borges, Eric Ambel & The Broken Singles Knuckleheads Gospel Room KC, MO

Nov 19 Sarah Borges, Eric Ambel & The Broken Singles Sunday Roadhouse @ The Waiting Room Omaha NE

New live in the studio video for “Look At Miss Ohio”

When I heard Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings’ “Soul Journey” it made an immediate impression on me as my favorite of all their music they had released at that point.  Just like I would do with songs I loved when I was a kid with a band I learned “Miss Ohio” and started playing it right away.  I loved the song and the small band sound that went with it.  When Ryan Adams called to ask if Dave and Gil along with guitarist David Steele (fellow Steve Earle & the Dukes alum) on drums could come down and play the Lakeside Lounge after their big gig at Town Hall celebrating the music of the “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack the answer was  Of course, please, be our guest.  They came down to Avenue B with their own little Shure Vocalmaster PA and a bag of mics.  Gillian in a short leather car coat playing a cool Danelectro bass.  They called themselves The Esquires.  They did a lot of classic rock songs.  Did them their own way which usually meant they’d play the whole song and then do a couple more choruses at the end a’capella.

It was a great sound, a great night.  We let ‘em play past our curfew ‘cause they were wonderful.

When I was making my Lakeside album with Jimbo Mathus at a point we just started doing songs that we knew in the studio and we came upon “Look At Miss Ohio”.  Around the time I was working on my record there was a new Dave Rawlings Machine record that had an awesome video for the song “The Weekend” with Dave and Gil in matching red and white Nudie suits.

This all sort of jogged my brain a little while back.  I loved that song and I also had a life long dream of doing a gig with a band wearing matching suits.  I ended up getting 4 matching red and white track suits off of Amazon for Keith, Phil, Mo and myself. and We fulfilled another dream by actually making a live performance/recording video at my friend Erik Braund’s studio in Greenpoint.  It’s live, we are playing.  Cheers to you Gillian an Dave.

State of the Vibe 2017

Hello Friends and Music Fans,

The new year is here and there’s plenty of rock action afoot.  The first thing I have to announce is that this crazy project dreamed up by my friend Bullethead and put into action  by myself and my colleagues at Cowboy Technical Services called Solo Sounds has released it’s first 2 records.  Solo Sounds is a label that presents only solo instrumental recordings of great songs and records.  These are all new recordings, made to the highest standards and we got the best players that we know to help come up with some really awesome stuff.  We’ve been making the records over the last year and a half and will be releasing them digitally a little at a time over the next few months.  I hope you get to experience them. You can follow Solo Sounds on the various Socio-Media.  Links on the Solo Sounds website.

After completely enjoying performing with Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles last year we’ve continued to add more gigs to our calendars.  We play as a band performing each others songs together.  We are headed out for another long weekend in February.  We’ll be in Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Pittsburg.  Check the Gigs page for the dates and times

Excited to announce that the Jack Grace record I produced and played on titled Everything I Say Is A Lie will be coming out in March.  Some great songs and great people on that record.  Can’t wait for you to hear it.

I’ve been really blown away by the way my Lakeside record has been received.  First on vinyl, then released digitally and on CD by Last Chance Records we have more news for 2017.

At The Helm Records in the UK will be releasing the record in the spring and it looks like I’ll be traveling overseas in support of the record.  Details to follow.

I have a couple new videos in the works including a Live In The Studio performance video of Gillian Welch’s “Look At Miss Ohio”.  We hope to have it out for you soon.  I always wanted to do a real “Live Performance” video.  Erik Braund helped us pull this off plus I got to fulfill a lifelong dream of having the band play in matching suits.  It’s our tip of the hat to Dave & Gill’s video for The Weekend.

On the set at Braund Studios in Greenpoint, NY

Oh, one more thing.  My band returned to the Livestock Music Festival last summer up in Bovina, NY.  Over the years I’ve been helping my friend Chico from the awesome band Esquela upgrade his music setup there. It’s really gotten quite good.  On top of everything we set him up with a rig that would be able to do live multi-track recording.  I came home from the gig with our set on my hard drive and put it up on my home recording rig to check it out a few weeks later.  I liked the first song, Keith Christopher played great, I liked the second song, Mo Goldner and Phil Cimino played great, I really liked the whole thing so I put a little work into mixing it, having Mario master it and getting Chris Bryson to do some artwork.  So just like that Roscoe Live Vol 1 (Livestock 2016) is on the way!  I’m pressing up a few cd’s and offering downloads for purchase on Bandcamp. Pre-order available now (shipping by Jan 25).  I hope you get a kick out of it.

****CD pre-order includes immediate MP3 download****

Election Eve Gigs Post

Hello Friends,

In the next couple weeks I’m heading out to play some more gigs with the super awesome Sarah Borges.  As you remember I produced Sarah’s most recent Good & Dirty EP.  We’ve been playing some great shows together.  We have a few more coming right around the corner.  All the info is on the Gigs page.  (Nov 11 in St. Louis is sold out.  Tickets still available for nearby Troy, IL on Nov 10) **dates on this photo below are wrong. Detroit is Thursday the 17th and Wapokanetta is Friday Nov 18**

Sarah & Eric November Gigs

Lakeside LP News

I’ve been hearing from plenty of friends that you are hearing songs from the Lakeside LP on SiriusXM Radio.  Outlaw Country has been showing us the love.  Make sure you show some back!  Thanks to Last Chance Records in Little Rock the Lakeside LP is now available at iTunes and on CD on my Store page where all purchases now come with immediate MP3 downloads.

The band and I recently did some recording/filming for a live video at Braund Sound Studios in Greenpoint.  We’ll have some new videos to unveil in the new year.

Overseas info:  Lastly we are super excited to announce that the Lakeside record is going to be released in the UK with distribution throughout the EU by At The Helm Records.  Coming out in late January of 2017.