ALBUM REVIEW: ERIC AMBEL, “Roscoe Live: Vol. 1 (Live @ Livestock 2016) from PopDose by Rob Ross 2.2.17
LAKESIDE LOUNGE OWNER RELEASES A MUSICAL HOMAGE TO HIS OLD DIVE BEDFORD & BOWERY 6.21.16
First Album in 11-Years – Packs In Mood, Nuance, Tradition, R&R Heart & Attitude: ERIC AMBEL LAKESIDE BY JOHN APICE, NO DEPRESSION 6.19.16
Lakeside, a fitting tribute to the club and Ambel’s clear, purist vision of rock ‘n roll in the face of the barbarians at the gate by Mike Jurkovic Elmore Magazine 6.1.16
Eric Ambel: Lakeside by Fred Mills III for Blurt Online The Upshot: An ace collaboration between Roscoe and Jimbo Mathus, it’s also one of the purest gut-level rock ‘n’ roll albums you’re likely to hear all year. 4.27.16
ERic Ambel: Lakeside by Richard Sandford: The AgitReader 4.19.16
Album Review: Eric Ambel-Lakeside by Bill Kopp 4.15.16
Eric Ambel: The Swiss army knife of roots rock by Blaine Schultz: Milwaukee Scene 4.13.16
Views of lakefront inspire vinyl record from Lake Geneva News 4.13.16
THE ALTERNATE ROOT: LAKESIDE REVIEW with 3 songs in the player 4.10.16
ERIC AMBEL’S NEW LAKESIDE RECORD CAPTURES THE GUITARMEISTER AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME 4.6.16 New York Music Daily
VIDEO PREMIERE: ERIC AMBEL SHARES CATCHY ROCKER “HERE COME MY LOVE” OFF NEW SOLO LP ‘LAKESIDE’ 4-6-16 From Glide Magazine
THE ALTERNATE ROOT TOP TEN SONGS OF THE WEEK 3-26-16 featuring “Have Mercy” from Eric Ambel’s “Lakeside” album
AMERICANA MUSIC SHOW: INTERVIEW WITH CALVIN POWERS March 16. Calvin plays several cuts from the upcoming “Lakeside” album
VIDEO PREMIER: ERIC AMBEL “DON’T MAKE ME BREAK YOU DOWN” by Fred Mills, Blurg Magazine Feb 26,2016
Music Scene: Eric Ambel Does It All by Jay N. Miller, Patriot Ledger Feb 26, 2016
Rolling Stone Magazine on Knucklehead
July 8-22, 2004
By DAVID FRICKE
Singer/guitarist/songwriter Eric Ambel is no knucklehead. He is many other things: an alumnus 1980’s roots-punk band The
Del-Lords; member of both Steve Earle’s band the Dukes and cheerful hell raisers the Yayhoos; running buddy of the Skeletons and the Bottlerockets’ leader of his own cool crew, Roscoe’s Gang.
Ambel gives you some of everything in this hat trick: two ace reissues (Roscoe’s Gang, from 1988, ‘94’s Loud & Lonesome) and a new, jumpin’ trawl thru the outtakes drawer, which yields a knuckle-cracking Del-Lords cover of the Flamin’ Groovies “Shake Some Action” and a home-cooked take on Tom Waits
“Union Sqare”, in which Ambel rocks like the ’72 Rolling Stones-all my himself.
No Depression Magazine on Loud & Lonesome
Rolling Stone Magazine on Roscoe’s Gang
July 13, 1988
By HOLLY GLEASON This is the record Keith Richards should’ve made – it’s raw, ragged and risky. Eric Ambel (guitarist for the Del Lords) and friends spin out on a few inspired covers: Bob Dylan’s “If You Gotta Go, Go Now,” Swamp Dogg’s “Total Destruction to Your Mind” and Buck and Bonnie Owens’s classic “Loose Talk,” featuring Golden Palomino Syd Straw. The songs run from nasty (fellow Del Lord Scott Kempner’s “Don’t Wanna Be Your Friend”) to giddy (“The Girl That I Ain’t Got”) and twangy (“Next to the Last Waltz,” written with Peter Holsapple).
This is roots rock at the intersection of country and blues. The vocals are barked out, the guitars strung with barbed wire. The production is frenzied and loose. Yet Ambel and folks like Straw, Holsapple, Skid Roper and the reformed Morells sound both driven and dangerous, as if they were fueled by a couple of six-packs and a jug of moonshine.
Records don’t sound like this anymore, and that’s a shame. Soul has given way to slickness, and power to predictability, which makes Roscoe’s Gang sound even more commanding. Though it won’t outsell Poison, it hits harder and reminds us what rock & roll’s all about.