Eric Ambel (from the album Lakeside) - Eric Ambel has left an audio imprint on the past few decades in music. The songwriter, producer, bandmate, and session player is a longtime NYC resident, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. While history plays a powerful part on his career, Lakeside, his recent release, provides a future vision for his music. Eric feels ‘I think this record’s a pretty good representation of what I do; for me, the looser the better. That’s kind of what I feel like I have to offer. And to be loose, you have to be really good. A thing that I learned in college was that you clean up the house before the party, not after’. The loose feeling is in the loping groove that slinks across “Buyback Blues”, a co-write with album producer, Jimbo Mathus. Eric has produced albums for Jimbo and others, though as a producer he knew that the musician was better in the songs and not behind the boards. For Lakeside the belief was that ‘Jimbo hired me to produce him because he’s smart enough to know that he shouldn’t produce his own record, and I did the same. As the late Jim Dickinson said, self-producing is like self-dentistry’.
The album title nods to the Lakeside Lounge, the bar that Eric ‘Roscoe’ Ambel owned in Mahattan’s East Village from 1996 through 2012 when real estate developers pushed out the little club and others like it. Eric opens the doors for Lakeside the album on a track from his bandmate in The Del-Lords, Scott Kempner with the rock’n’roll shuffle of “Here Comes My Love”. Chord chops lay the ground work as Eric Ambel hits the NYC streets shouting “Have Mercy” in a tune he co-wrote with Charlene MacPherson of Sad Bastards of Brooklyn and Spanking Charlene. Eric Ambel’s guitar has been behind artists from Joan Jett to Steve Earle, and his playing gets center stage at Lakeside as he curls around the rhythm hum of “Don’t Make Me Break You Down”. Eric barrels rolls on Jimbo Mathus’ “Massive Confusion” as his six strings become a snarl as the T-Rex beat blast takes a bite at rock’n’roll club mediocrity in “Hey Mr. DJ”. The rhythm and the distortion walk down the rock’n’soul aisle on Barrett Strong’s “Money” as Eric Ambel tunes his electric guitar to a whisper to tell the tale of “Miss Ohio” on the Gillian Welch/Dave Rawlings authored tune.