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


Autumn Stomp

Kasey Anderson & Gringoman “Bad Actor” single drops, The Tallboys (of Kentucky) release the Ambel produced “Los Ninos Altos”, Del-Lords action and a bunch of guitar gigs.

Kasey Anderson, collaborated with Eric Ambel & Phil Cimino on his new single “Bad Actor” that is available now at Bandcamp and also as part of the digital re-release of his Heart Of A Dog album.  You can listen to the whole song here.

The Tallboys (of Kentucky) are a wild band that Roscoe and Chip Robinson spotted at Alejandro Escovedo’s SXSW party a couple years back.  They came to Brooklyn to record with Ambel and Tim Hatfield  and their record “Los Ninos Altos” is now available through iTunes.

The Del-Lords returned from the TurboRock festival in Spain and are putting the finishing touches on their upcoming album.  If you are going to be in NYC for the CMJ Music Fest you can catch them playing at the Lakeside Lounge under the pseudonym “The Elvis Club” at 7pm on October 20th.

Fans and critics are really digging the Bottle Rockets live acoustic record “Not So Loud” which was mixed by Ambel.  Also on the Produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel gotta get it list is “Too Much Town” by South Carolina’s South 85.  You can hear the entire record on Bandcamp.

Keep an eye on the gigs page.  Ambel has been playing guitar with Spanking Charlene, Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos, Jon Divello, Los Dudes and Good Luck Mountain.

Also, check out Ambel’s  guitar playing on the Riffing Cowboys “Hank ‘N’ Roll”, a rock ‘n’ roll tribute to Hank Williams.


Summer Music Action 2011

Beat the heat w some new music Produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel

A Little More Ben Hall!  4 song EP download on Tompkins Square Records features Ben’s solo version of Lennon & McCartney’s “I Feel Fine”

Tell It To Me by the Jon Divello Band

Too Much Town by South85-You can listen to the whole record at Bandcamp.

The Bottle Rockets “Not So Loud” live acoustic record mixed by Eric Ambel released Aug 16 on Bloodshot.

Where Are The Freaks? by Spanking Charlene is hot and coming soon.

Keep an eye on the Gigs page.

Eric Ambel has been playing guitar with Spanking Charlene, Chris Berardo & the Desberardos, Jon Divello, Good Luck Mountain and his own band Gringoman with Phil Cimino.  The Del-Lords head to Spain for Turbo Rock too!


Out of the blocks in 2011

Much great stuff happinging so far in 2011.  Recordings underway with Jon Divello, Bob McSweeney, Maynard & The Musties, South 85, Nate Schweber and the Del-Lords.  Spanking Charlene‘s new record Where Are The Freaks mixed and waiting to be mastered.  Ben Hall’s exciting debut record on Tompkins Square Records to be released March 29.

April 26 will bring the release of the Gringoman “Monstertrack Suite” single, the first new music from Eric Ambel since Knucklehead.  Gringoman is Ambel’s one man recording band.  You can read about the recording of “Monstertrack Suite” at KnuckleheadNYC .

The Gringoman single, which features art by Taliah Lempert, will be released as a download only by Kasey Anderson’s Red River Records.  There will be a limited run of 100 cd singles signed and numbered available only here at the store page.  You can check out the Gringoman single now at Bandcamp.

Also new at Bandcamp are pages for Mary Lee Kortes’ Songs from the Beulah Rowley Songbook, The Yayhoos Put The Hammer Down and the Del-Lords Under Construction EP.


2010, a good one indeed

Great year for music.  Thanks to all the Production and Mixing clients and to all the great bands that I get to play with.  Here’s a list of recently released music for you, music fans.

Recently Released: Mark McKay: Dakota Dust, Patrick McGrath- When Black Is Blue, Tyne Darling- The Secret November,  Mic Harrison & The High Score- Great Commotion, Chris Barron & The Time Bandits-Songs From The Summer of Sangria,  The Del-Lords- Under Construction EP, Esquela- The Owl Has Landed, Kasey Anderson- Nowhere Nights, Chip Robinson: Mylow, The Bottle Rockets- Lean Forward, The New HeathensHello Disaster, Joe Flood: New Kind of Blue, and The Jack Fords- The Way Things Should Be

Records Underway: Spanking Charlene, Bottle Rockets, Nate Schweber, The Beltways, Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos, Roberty McSweeney, Terry Anderson & The OAKTeam, Jon Divello, The Del-Lords, Gringoman

Custom Esquire buit by Phil Maneri, painted by Todd Hanson

Melton S. Ambel 8.2.1927  – 9.8.2010

Eric Ambel: Alt Root TV

Watch parts 1 & 2 of Reb Lander’s interview with Eric Ambel at Cowboy Technical Services Recording Rig in Williamsburg, Brooklyn here.  The Alt Root TV Eric Ambel page also features a player full of Ambel produced tracks from Joe Flood, The New Heathens, Kasey Anderson, Chip Robinson and the Del-Lords.