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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

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

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.

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”

 

February Communique

First 2013 news blurt:  New Del-Lords record titled “Elvis Club” will be released on GB Music May 14.  It has been a long time coming and all of us are excited about the release.

The Eric Ambel produced Jimbo Mathus record “White Buffalo” was just released by Fat Possum Records and it’s available as a cd, download or vinyl LP.  Super excited about Jimbo’s new record.  I am sure you will dig it.

Jimbo & Roscoe at the White Water Tavern in Little Rock, AR

Jimbo & Roscoe at the White Water Tavern in Little Rock, AR

In the Studio: The 2nd Esquela record which was recorded up in Bovina, NY and mixed at Evies is ready for mastering.  Ambel is in the final mix stage of the upcoming Los Dudes “Hipster Retirement Home”, Karen Hudson‘s “Sonic Bloom” and a record for Ellen Foley.

Plenty of guitar gigs coming up with Chris Berardo & The DesBerardos and also the Mark McKay Band.  Keep an eye on the Gigs page for the latest.

Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition: In the Garden