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.

 

September missive from The ‘Scoe

Hello Music fans,

August was a real thrill for me.  To play so many gigs in so many places with so many different people, from Alaska to NY and many places in-between was a real thrill. Thanks to Ivan NightJames Dommek Jr.Mark McKayPhil CiminoAndrew GrimmCharlene McPhersonEric Seftel , David Leatherwood, Mo Goldner, Skip WardMary Lee KortesKeith ChristopherSarah BorgesBoey Russell, Sam Smith, Binky of Boston & Kenny Soule.

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Livestock 2016 in Bovina. Photo by Jason Sewell

I look forward to playing more dates with my band, solo and with Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles.

Eric Ambel with Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles

Eric Ambel with Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles in Iowa City.  Photo by Gary Elgin

Last Chance Records of Little Rock, Arkansas has picked up my Lakeside album for distribution as a CD and online via iTunes and HDTracks.  I’ll be heading to Nashville this month to play at their Americana Music Association events.  Details on the Gigs page.

As I’ve detailed here our recording studio Cowboy Technical Services Recording Rig has gone through some big changes.  We moved to a beautiful sun drenched space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with 17 foot ceilings and have implemented some major upgrades.  We went back to our handmade in Chicago Neotek console, had it re-capped.  Parked a 75 year old 6 foot Steinway baby grand piano upstairs and in the biggest quality jump of all we replaced our A to D/D to A convertors with what we feel are the best sounding ones ever to be made, The BURL Audio Mothership.  Many of you remember that we had 2 channels of BURL before.  Now we have 24 in and 32 out.  Let me tell you, these convertors sound thrilling.  We look forward to showing you just how thrilling they are.

BURL Audio Mothership 24x32

BURL Audio Mothership 24×32

Make sure to keep an eye on the Gigs page and also the Produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel and Cowboy Technical Facebook pages for the latest news.

August 1, 2016 The News from My Desk: Eric “Roscoe” Ambel

Hello Friends,

On April 1st I released “Lakeside”, my first full length solo record since ’05’s “Knucklehead”.  Released on my own label, produced by Jimbo Mathus, only 500 copies of the signed and numbered vinyl record were available here and at gigs.  Since then we got quite a bit of press, released videos for 3 songs (Don’t Make Me Break You Down, Here Come My Love and Hey Mr. DJ which you can see on the videos page) and sold through most of the vinyl records (if you want one act quick, there are only a few left).  To say I’ve been surprised is an understatement.

On August 20th Last Chance Records from Little Rock Arkansas is releasing the Lakeside record on CD and for download purchase through the major outlets and the Hi-Res Specialty joints like HD Tracks and PONO.  Last Chance is going to be able to get the record in stores here and overseas and will also be able to take a swing at radio, things that were way out of my reach.  Click here to get the CD or Download.  CD includes immediate download.

If you purchased the Vinyl record and didn’t get an e-mail from me send a photo of the back corner of your record where it’s singed and numbered to info@eriambel.com and I have a thank you gift for you.

I’m currently looking for a booking agent and also always looking for House Concerts to do too.  If you have any info on those feel free to write info@ericambel.com also.

With the help of friends including Sarah Borges I have been lucky to cobble together some gigs for August.  The specific info is on the Gigs page.  Please keep your eye on that page as I’m adding gigs whenever I can plus it has the info on all the bands I play with like Spanking Charlene, Mark McKay and others.  My Facebook page gets flooded with “play Atalanta!” (which I just did in May).  I’m doing my best to get out there.  We are working on some tour plans but please be patient, I’ve got records to produce and a Studio to run also.  Thanks much and hope to see you out there.

Details on the Gigs page

Details on the Gigs page

Video Premier “Hey Mr. DJ” from the Lakeside LP!

Big thanks to the Huffington Post for blasting out “Hey Mr. DJ” today on their website.  Here’s what I wrote and here’s the video.

“When I heard this song I flipped out. I’m not ashamed to be old enough to have made it through the first disco invasion but I never thought there’d be another one. The new one is a little different. The Disco Load Out. You might have noticed it if you were at a show at a club. If you play music You Know what I’m talking about. Right after the band finishes, there’s a lot of scurrying by the staff of the club to get the band and their gear off the stage now to make way for the DJ! The DJ is gonna save the day and he’s gonna be twice as loud as the band and twice as fun. Now I love a great DJ, but that person with the iPad that just kicked us out of our own gig? Not so much. There’s a lot of philosophical chicken/egg discussions to be had but this one’s clear: The record came before the DJ. From my new Lakeside LP, written by my producer, the Jimbo Mathus, and sung by me, here’s ‘Hey Mr. DJ.’”

Lots of gigs happening this summer.  I’m playing with my band, I’m playing solo, I’m playing with Mark McKay, playing with Spanking Charlene, playing with Marc Berger and playing with Sarah Borges and her band too.  Click on the Gigs Page for the latest info and don’t forget to “like” my Produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel Facebook page.

photo by Johan Viper

photo by Johan Viper

The limited edition vinyl only Lakeside LP has been getting lots of virtual ink from all over the place.  Head to the press page to read what folks are saying….

Excellent sounds being recorded at the new Cowboy Technical Services Recording Rig in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Recently completed mixing for Tom Heyman‘s upcoming LP and an EP from St Luke’s Drifters and a new Marc Berger project has begun.  Check out our page on Facebook and e-mail if you’d like to book some time for your project.

From the kit pano

I have been having a blast doing some house concerts recently.  If you do house concerts or would like to set one up either with the band or solo e-mail for more info.

Lakeside LP out! Videos, gigs and a brand new studio too.

Hello Friends, the limited edition (500 copies) signed and numbered vinyl only with included downloads gatefold LP is out and and being delivered around the world.  NY Music Daily says “Lakeside captures the guitarmeister at the top of his game”.  Now I’ve Heard Everything calls it “Perfect”.  You can read a bunch of reviews on the press page.  I’m updating it as they come in.  If you still don’t have the record you can get it here and only here!

The first two of 3 videos that I did with Lakeside producer Jimbo Mathus are out.  “Don’t Make Me Break You Down” was filmed in Jimbo’s back yard in Taylor, Mississippi and the lead off track from the  record, “Here Come My Love” written by Del-Lords bandmate Scott Kempner, was filmed at Cowboy Technical Services last location (where Lakeside was recorded and mixed) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn just before we moved the studio to it’s new location in Greenpoint. You can find the videos here.  You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel and we’ll let you know as new stuff gets posted.

I have some gigs booked including a NYC official record release gig at Berlin under 2A on April 29th with Spanking Charlene.  I’m doing some gigs with my band, some solo gigs (a couple opening for the Bottle Rockets) and some gigs with Sarah Borges where I play with her band and she plays with me.  I’m doing my best to get out to play but I’m pretty busy with the new studio and producing more great records for you to check out.

Ambel Berlin Flyer

After 8 great years at what Tim Hatfield and I viewed as a temporary location Cowboy Technical Services was forced to move as the Real Estate Monster in the guise of some conglomeration paid 43 Million Dollars for the run down building we were located at in Williamsburg and kicked 6 floors of tenants out.  At the last minute we found a fabulous new spot for us in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with windows and towering 17 foot ceilings.  The move was tough but we are up and running there now with both tracking and mixing sessions under our belts.  We also added a 75 year old Steinway Grand Piano to our quiver.  It’s parked in an affiliated studio in the same building.  If you’d like to see the new place don’t hesitate to request a tour.

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Eric Ambel to release 4th solo record “Lakeside” April 1, 2016

Working with Jimbo Mathus on his record “White Buffalo” I made a promise to myself.  If I was going to make another solo record I’d get Jimbo to produce.  The promise comes true with the April 1st release of my 4th solo record titled “Lakeside”.  The record was cut in Brooklyn at my Cowboy Technical Services Recording Rig in a couple blasts with Jimbo.  Much of the record was recorded with just Jimbo and I playing.  We brought in my longtime ace players Phil Cimino and Keith Christopher for a few more songs.  All the session details are contained in the deluxe limited edition gatefold vinyl package.  We played songs by myself and Jimbo with some help from Charlene McPherson of Spanking Charlene and the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn.  We also found ourself romping through some old favorites from the sorely missed jukebox at the Lakeside Lounge.  Much the way the late Lou Whitney’s contributions to my first record “Roscoe’s Gang” felt like gifts, Jimbo’s songs felt the same way.  Between the my take on rock and roll, roadhouse country, messy blues and even some non-reissue punk rock we covered a lot of ground and Jimbo got me to put that guitar of mine right up there with my voice.  I’m offering a limited vinyl only edition of 500 signed and numbered.  The vinyl comes with two digital downloads.  One 44.1 cd quality and the other 192 hi-res digital.  The record is available for pre-sale here now. More info on the record at Bio 2016

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I also have a few great new records that I’ve produced to tell you about.  The latest from the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn “Volume 2” is out now and available from Bandcamp and iTunes.  It continues where “Volume 1” left off and finishes with a twist as Mo Goldner and Charlene McPherson have included a new original song “Oh Brooklyn” cut in a band context to go with their acoustic duo cover versions including Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades”

Sarah Borges‘ new EP “Good & Dirty” was recorded in Brooklyn with my guys and it comes out on Lonesome Day Records March 4th.  Check the gigs page as I’m playing some shows with Sarah soon doing songs from my new record and playing guitar in Sarah’s terrific band.

Jack Grace is another pal from the Lakeside.  Jack enlisted me to produce a record for him and his next one titled “Everything I Say Is A Lie” comes out in April also. I got to play lead guitar with his great band and bask in the sound of Daria Grace and The Nora Jones singing with Jack.

Keep an eye on my Produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel Facebook page as I have some Lakeside surprises on the way.  Thanks much,

E/Roscoe

2015 Fall New Music State of the Vibe info jam

Hello Music Lovers,
here’s the latest from my corner.  New records out and about to be out.

The Bottle Rockets new studio record “South Broadway Athletic Club” is their first studio release since ’08’s “Lean Forward”.  It’s the 6th record I’ve produced for them and the first one they have ever recorded in their hometown of St. Louis, MO.  Thanks to Bloodshot Records and their awesome fans we had enough time in the studio to shoot for the stars and make a ‘record’ of each song.  Longtime fans agree the band has been getting better at everything they do and may have just made the best record of their career.

 

Jack Grace is a guy I’ve known since the Lakeside days.  I’ve seen him play with a lot of different outfits. Jack wanted me to help him make a no excuses awesome record that he’d still love ten years from now.  I think we pulled it off with his great band, not to mention some help from The Nora Jones.  Jack had me playing a lot of guitar on this one too.  Some of you may have it already.  I’m not sure if it’s all the way “out” but I bet if you contact Jack you can get a copy.

In addition to the Producer Thing I occasionally mix peoples records.  There’s a really cool group of roots rockers from Long Island that I heard about through Rich from the Welldiggers called Butchers Blind.  They have a new batch of tunes called “A Place In America” that I mixed at Evie’s and it’s out October 23rd.  I think you are gonna like it.  More to come from these guys (including me opening for them solo at Hi-Fi on Oct 24.)

I met The Sarah Borges a little while back through the guys from Girls, Guns & Glory and their label Lonesome Day.  After Sarah took the wheel during an encore when Jimmy Ryan and I were playing with GGG I got off stage and introduced myself saying “I love it when you drive”.  Somehow this led to me producing her new record here in Brooklyn at CTS with myself, Phil Cimino and Brett Bass as her band.  The “Good & Dirty” EP will be out in March but you can placate your desire for instant gratification by grabbing the single “Caught By The Rain” from iTunes.

There’s a whacky bunch of guys known as the Surreal McCoys that tracked me down via their guitar guy Elvis McCoy on the Dr-Z Amps Forum.  We made a barnburner of a disc called “The Howl & The Growl“.  It’s got some really wild music on it including their actual played mashup of Whole Lotta Love & Folsom Prison Blues called “Whole Lotta Folsom”.  Do yourself a favor and check them out!

 

I’ve been recovering from the broken fibula incident that postponed the Del-Lords Scandinavian Jaunt.  We are working on re-scheduling the live dates for early next year and heading into the studio to work on the follow up to Elvis Club in the meantime.  We also have a few copies of the Del-Lords Best Of “Get Tough” available now in the Del-Lords Store Page.

My other big news is that my first solo record since 2005’s “Knucklehead” is completed.  The record was produced by The Jimbo Mathus and recorded by Mario Viele here in Brooklyn.  There will be more news about the LP later in the year.  We hope to have it out in early 2016. If you are interested in the record please sign up for the mailing list and “like” my “Produced By” Facebook page.

Till then I’ll be busy with the Producer thing, the Mixer thing and the Guitar player thing.  I can be reached if you or your band happen to need any of these various things.  As always thanks so much for listening.  I hope you get some enjoyment from some of this great new music.

E/Roscoe

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