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.