Thanks for a terrific 2014

Hello Friends and music fans.  It’s been a while since I posted over here but it’s not for lack of music making.

2014 brought a bunch of records that I was lucky to produce including “Good Luck” by Girls, Guns & Glory, “Fall On In” by Maynard & The Musties, “Hipster Retirement Home” by Los Dudes and “Volume One” by the brilliant Sad Bastards of Brooklyn.  Also mixed “The Last Days of Winter” by George Usher and Lisa Burns and the audio for the upcoming Bottle Rockets live DVD release.

I’ve got new recordings underway with a bunch of great artists including Esquela, the Surreal McCoys, The Jack Grace Band, Jollett, Planetary Nights, HEAP, Girls, Guns & Glory and The Bottle Rockets studio followup to 2009’s “Lean Forward”.

2014 has seen a lot guitar sessions too including tracks for The Gang produced by Jono Manson, the single for DL Marble’s upcoming release “Drag Me Back” and Jimbo Mathus‘ latest “Dark Night of The Soul”.

I had much fun performing with Spanking Charlene, Los Dudes, Mark McKay and Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition this year.

2015 is going to bring more great new music from the Del-Lords and also the first new Eric Ambel release since 2004’s Knucklehead to be produced by the very awesome Jimbo Mathus.

The hardest part of all this year was loosing my mentor, friend, life coach and guru the incomparable Louis B. Whitney.  I’ve never known a more giving person. Lou carried a spark that could never be extinguished.  Lou will be missed every day as I work the path that I learned from him and with those thoughts I think of all the other lives he touched and his lovely wife and Honey Bunny Kay Tolliver Whitney.  RIP Lou.

Lou Whitney at Column One in Springfield, MO during the recording of "Roscoe's Gang"

Lou Whitney at Column One in Springfield, MO during the recording of “Roscoe’s Gang”


Baby it’s cold outside!

A late welcome to the year 2014 and the fans of music.

First, thanks to all that came out to see the Del-Lords 2013 Fall/Winter dates in the US, UK and Europe.

A couple very cool new Produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel records released for your enjoyment.

First up is “Volume One” by Sad Bastards of Brooklyn.  12 songs recorded one evening at Cowboy Tech with Mario Viele engineering with Charlene McPherson and Mo Goldner (vocals and guitar respectively) from the band Spanking Charlene.  This is one of the most simple yet elegant recordings I’ve ever had the good fortune to be involved in.  “Volume One” is available now at Bandcamp (where you can listen to the entire record) and iTunes.

Sad Bastards of Brooklyn "Volume One"

Sad Bastards of Brooklyn “Volume One”

Next up is the fiery new rock and roll record titled “Good Luck” from Boston’s #1 Alt. Country band Girls Guns and Glory.  Recorded at Cowboy Tech over a couple long weekends and mixed at Evie’s in Clinton Hill we went for bringing out elements of the band’s live sound and highlighting the interplay between Ward Hayden’s voice and Chris Hersch’s guitar.  “Good Luck” is available on CD and Vinyl from the band’s website.

Girls Guns and Glory "Good Luck"

Girls Guns and Glory “Good Luck”

2013: 6 Months, 6 Albums

6 covers


Produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel

All of this music is avialable as a cd or a download and the Jimbo Mathus “White Buffalo” is availble on vinyl too.  Please follow the links below to get to the music. Elvis Club is the first Del-Lords full length cd in 23 years.  The band is also playing NYC June 27th.  Visit the website for details.

Jimbo Mathus‘ White Buffalo is available at Fat Possum Jimbo is currently criss crossing the nation with his band the Tri-State Coalition.

Esquela’s 2nd record Are We Rolling? is wild music from Bovina, NY and you can score a copy at the Esquela Joint.

Ellen Foley’s return to recording is a fantastic thing to behold. About Time indeed!

Chris Berardo & The DesBerardos play full on unapologetic Country Rock and their new single is a taste of great things on the way from the band.

Karen Hudson’s Sonic Bloom has just been released.  You gotta hear it.  Great songs, singing and playing.

Hope you enjoy this music.


Elvis Club: the wink release!

Ok friends,

the first Del-Lords full length in over 20 years is not out till May 14th but you can get it at all the digital joints including Bandcamp (where you can listen to the whole thing if you like).  Bandcamp release includes a pdf of the album art and all of the credits.  The actual CD is now available at the Del-Lords site.  Shipping as of today, April 10  (big secret).  Jump on it! There is rock and roll within.  Keep an eye on the Del-Lords site or join the Del-Lords Facebook Group for more info and what not.  Made in Brooklyn.


 Elvis Club Cover

Del-Lords action 2013

The Del-Lords first new full length record since way back comes out May 15

Looks like iTunes has scooped the release!

Elvis Club - The Del Lords

Check out our introduction video.  And yes, there will be gigs coming!

February Communique

First 2013 news blurt:  New Del-Lords record titled “Elvis Club” will be released on GB Music May 14.  It has been a long time coming and all of us are excited about the release.

The Eric Ambel produced Jimbo Mathus record “White Buffalo” was just released by Fat Possum Records and it’s available as a cd, download or vinyl LP.  Super excited about Jimbo’s new record.  I am sure you will dig it.

Jimbo & Roscoe at the White Water Tavern in Little Rock, AR

Jimbo & Roscoe at the White Water Tavern in Little Rock, AR

In the Studio: The 2nd Esquela record which was recorded up in Bovina, NY and mixed at Evies is ready for mastering.  Ambel is in the final mix stage of the upcoming Los Dudes “Hipster Retirement Home”, Karen Hudson‘s “Sonic Bloom” and a record for Ellen Foley.

Plenty of guitar gigs coming up with Chris Berardo & The DesBerardos and also the Mark McKay Band.  Keep an eye on the Gigs page for the latest.

Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition: In the Garden

2012: A High Speed Year

Awful lot of great music this year.  Eric Ambel produced records from Spanking Charlene, Maynard & The Musties, Planetary Nights, The Ghost Wolves and D.L. Marble all got released this year.  The new Del-Lords record titled “Elvis Club” and “White Buffalo” by Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition are just a couple on deck for release early in 2013.

Had a great time  playing gigs this year with the Desberardos, Mark McKay and Spanking Charlene. Highlight had to be the great tour of Iraq with Mary Lee’s Corvette.

Also almost ready for 2013 are the new Los Dudes record, an album by Karen Hudson the follow up to “The Owl Has Landed” from Esquela and a wild one from Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos.  Gigs with the Desberardos, Mark McKay and the great tour of Iraq with Mary Lee’s Corvette.

Thanks to all the friends, bands and staff who supported the Lakeside Lounge (’96-2012). I miss you all more than I can say.


The Del-Lords played the benefit for Mark Spencer’s Tape Kitchen in Brooklyn on Dec 11, 2012

Back to School…..again

After a fast and furious summer Mr Ambel is feeling the heat of his self imposed deadline.  Lots of recording action this summer including more tracks for the follow up to Los Dudes self titled record, more recording for Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos and a hard hitting single from Austin band the Ghost Wolves.  The new Del-Lords record titled “Elvis Club” is mixed and mastered and awaiting a release date from GB Music.  Jimbo Mathus‘ “White Buffalo” is also done and set to be released on Fat Possum Records at the beginning of the year.

Ambel will be attending the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, TN.  Performing with Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition on Friday at the Mercy Lounge at 8pm and also speaking on the Producer Panel on Friday at 2pm.  Keep an eye on the ‘gigs page’ for gig info.

Also, check out Eric Ambel on Brooklyn Country Radio.  Hour long podcast with interview and solo acoustic performance.

Los Dudes at CTS Recording Rig


Chris Berardo

Chris Berardo


Ghost Wolves at CTS

Dog Ate My Homework

Actually, the dog did not eat my homework, more like a saying my Grandmother used to say that would baffle us all: “I’ve been busier than a cranberry merchant”.   We never knew what that meant.  So, here’s the latest.  Tracking and mixing is completed for Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition’s upcoming release titled “White Buffalo”.  This was a blast and had myself and engineer Mario Viele flying down the birthplace of Othar Turner in Como, Mississippi for the last sessions ever at Jimbo’s Delta Recording Service.  The stuff was brought back to Cowboy Technical in Brooklyn where it was mixed by Tim Hatfield, Mario and I with Jimbo in attendance.  Jimbo was also on hand for the Last Call show at the Lakeside Lounge on April 30th.  After 16 years we shut the doors but not with out a fine send off from a lot of friends, staff and musicians.  Jim Marchese’s great photos are up in a gallery on the Photos page.  You can also read a pre-show write up in the NY Times and also the Times’ play by play of the show.

Jimbo Mathus with the Stonetree Roscoe Deluxe Sr.

Tracking is underway on Karen Hudson’s “Sonic Bloom” record.  We hope to get the second half of tracks recorded soon.  Also been working on songs for Nate Schwebber’s still untitled solo record.  Nate is trying to finish all the angry songs before he gets married next month.

Good friend Marshall Crenshaw was also at CTS to have Roscoe, Timbo & Mario mix his song “I Don’t See You Laughing Now” for his upcoming subscription series of 10″ vinyl EP’s and it was mighty good fun.

Marshall checks his phone from the CTS couch

Ambel also played and produced on tracks for the upcoming record from Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos and just returned from a week in Texas gigging with the band in a lot of cool and hot places.

DesBerardos stage at Luchenbach, TX

During this period of obvious slacking Ambel got Los Dudes back in the studio working on the follow up to their self titled debut.  Many gigs were played also but Los Dudes is another band wondering where to go after the closing of the Lakeside.

Also, a little while back I produced a record by a cool band called Maynard & The Musties from my new neighborhood of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.  The record is called “Cheap Cigar” and there are ways to obtain said record.  One way is to head to their band camp site  Go get it!  You are gonna like it!

Also, the Del-Lords record is getting closer and closer to completion!  You can cruise over to the Top Ten Blog to read all about the latests developments.

On top of all this I found my way to Louisiana to play some gigs with Jimbo and also many other achievements which I promptly ejected from my personal hard drive.  I hope you’ll have the time to check out some of this very cool music.

Lakeside Lounge 1996-2012 photo by Daniel Root