Thanks for clicking on my website 2019

Hello there. I’m playing gigs this summer with Sarah Borges and Spanking Charlene. Music, hats and t-shirts still available at the Store page.

Busy making records at Cowboy Technical and doing guitar overdubs for folks from home.

Heading to Russia to perform with Mary Lee’s Corvette in support of Mary Lee Kortes’ awesome new book “Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob”

photo by Stephen Lovkin

Let’s hear it for 2018

Was very happy to see so many of you this year out there on the road and sea doing gigs with Sarah Borges and on my own.

It was quite the year with records that I produced from The Bottle Rockets, Sarah Borges and Bourbon Express all being released on vinyl and digital.

2018 Produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel

Plus records I mixed by Finland’s super rocking Devil Dog Road and the fabulous Squirrel Nut Zippers.

I put out a CD of songs from my first 3 solo albums titled, oddly enough, The Roscoe Sampler and I also put pen to paper and made a Roscoe T-shirt designed from one of my favorite pieces of outboard gear, the Urie 1178 Stereo Compressor.

Urie only made the stereo version of the 1176 for one year and we have one at CTS


After doing a tour with both The Bottle Rockets and Sarah Borges celebrating their newly released records I got the chance to write my first song with the lovely Mary Lee Kortes called “Dreaming of Him” and we did it to commemorate her just released by BMG Books hardcover coffee table wonder titled “Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob“.

I know you’ve got a lot of this stuff but if you’d like to make a special holiday gift purchase my able web-store elves will take $10 off any purchase of 3 or more items.

There’s some good stuff coming up in 2019 too.

I’ve completed producing a record for Girls On Grass titled “Dirty Power” that should be out this spring.  Also put the finishing touches on the first solo record by Nate Schweber titled “Gaps In My Resume” which was mixed at Evie’s Terrace and I’m doing the last day of mixing on the upcoming Spanking Charlene release next week.

Keep your eye on the gigs page as I play pretty often with my own band, Sarah Borges, Mark McKay and Spanking Charlene

And don’t forget my Christmas songs from Solo Sounds.

White Christmas


The Christmas Song

And a funky home video I made too.

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 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.