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While it has been over 18 months since I’ve played a gig, the optimist inside reminds me it’s also been over 18 months since anybody has asked me to turn down.

I have been pretty busy in the studio and I wanted to let you know about this summer’s crop of releases I produced and played on.

I’m gonna list these starting by the most recent.  I hope you’ll be able to check them all out.  It was a blast and a pleasure to be involved with each of these records.

Ward Hayden & The Outliers: Free Country

“This album proves that they have continued to make music that has a relevance and a future, without compromising its core sound….but this time out they have featured original songs that reflect these times, morals and choices. A simple pleasure that is open to anyone who wants to listen as, after all, it’s a free country.” – Lonesome Highway

I produced these guys from Boston when they were known as Girls, Guns & Glory. I was very excited to re-connect with them for this record that we tracked in Cambridge and mixed in Brooklyn. You can get to Ward Hayden & The Outliers here.

Emily Duff: Razor Blade Smile  

“A Roadhouse Punk Rocker – The Clash meets Jerry Lee Lewis” – No Depression 

Emily brought me these wonderful songs and we put my band (Keith Christopher, Phil Cimino and myself), Charlie Giordano and Mary Lee Kortes around her. You can find Emily’s Music here.

Steve Welner: Back To You

“What captures one’s attention is how the swampy guitar and melodies at the onset creep along distinctly like the best of the Blasters, Del-Lords, Los Lobos” Americana Highways on Steve Welner’s new record.

I’ve worked with Steve for quite a while as a solo artist and with his band Fourteen Feet. Steve, Shawn Murray, Keith Christopher and myself made his new record at Cowboy Technical Services in Brooklyn. This is a beautiful song about a difficult journey for many of us.

The Year Of: Loud & Clear

Nuclear Family Fantasy called The Year Of’s new EP “punktry”. I call it exciting. The band tracked with me at Cowboy Technical then Brett and I collaborated virtually on the overdubs before doing final mixes at Cowboy. You can get their music at Bandcamp.

Esquela: A Sign From God

“In a crowded pack of Americana bands, Esquela distinguish themselves with their ferocious, often hilarious, fearlessly political lyrics and high-voltage guy/girl vocals. It’s been a slow year for rock records; count this as one of the best of the bunch so far.” – New York Music Daily

I love working on John “Chico” Finn’s songs. This record was really something. Chico came up with some great songs and I coached everybody as they turned in their performances remotely. The 70’s style of making this record turned out to be just the thing for Esquela! You can get their whole catalog here at Bandcamp. Esquela’s not shy about discussing the world we live in as you can see here.

Disclaimer! You know it has to be good!

Ok, I’m gonna add some more links to music here for you. I did a bunch of singles for the Sad Bastards Of Brooklyn that are available only at their Bandcamp page.

I also did a bunch of tracks for my buddy the Jimbo Mathus that are on his Bandcamp page but you gotta check out this song that I played guitar and pretended to be the harmony singing Jordanaires

I’d also like to mention the Andrew Grimm solo record that was released by Whistle Pig that you can grab on Bandcamp. I had a blast working on music with Andrew.

So that’s some of the music I’ve produced that’s been released so far in the last year. I’m also working tirelessly on new recordings from Mary Lee’s Corvette, Sarah Borges, Marc Berger, Erik Huey and Jerry Joseph. I’ll fill you in as those records become available. You can follow me on Instagram and you might also want to follow me on Youtube also as I’ve made some interesting playlists over there. Thank you friends,

Eric Ambel 8.24.2021

Sending you a greeting from home

Hello Music Fans,

I’ve procrastinated posting over here long enough. I have musical stuff to tell you about while we all have time on our hands.

Before things got crazy a couple records I produced were just released. Nobody can go on tour right now but you can get their hot new records.

New Produced by Eric Ambel records from Spanking Charlene and the Emily Duff Band

Fabulous new records for Spanking Charlene and Emily Duff both recorded and mixed at Cowboy Technical Services. We’ve updated our website so check out when you have the chance.

I have been trying to use my time well. I started releasing the Shut In Singles Series on my page over at Bandcamp. So far I’ve released 4 titles and I have another 6 ready to go on the Eric Ambel Bandcamp page.

Shut In Singles Series at Bandcamp

I also recently did a live streaming concert from my home for the folks at Americana Highways. It was a special show for me. I sang songs by some of the artists that I have been lucky enough to produce over the years like The Bottle Rockets, Blue Mountain, Greg Trooper, The Backsliders, Kelley Looney and Jimbo Mathus. The folks at Americana Highways archived the show for us all at Youtube.

I’ve also got some records and songs in the works from DL Marble, Colleen Mann, Mary Lee Kortes, Andrew Grimm and Sarah Borges.

I’m available for remote production, mixing and guitar overdubs. You can always reach me at info@ericambel.com

I hope you all are safe and healthy as you read this and I hope we’ll all be more tactilely together soon.

Please follow me on Instagram at the_ericambel

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.

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.

 

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”