Eric Ambel

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Eric Ambel
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Background information
Also known asEric "Roscoe" Ambel; Eric Roscoe Ambel
Born (1957-08-20) August 20, 1957 (age 61)
GenresAmericana, folk rock, rock, alternative country
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer
InstrumentsGuitarist, multi-instrumentalist
LabelsEnigma Records/EMI Records
Bloodshot Records
Associated actsthe Yayhoos, Del Lords, the Bottle Rockets, Steve Earle, Nils Lofgren

Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (Born August 20, 1957) is a New York City–based guitarist and record producer, originally from Batavia, Illinois.

He has worked with a wide range of artists including Nils Lofgren, The Brandos, Steve Earle, the Yayhoos, Del Lords, The Bottle Rockets, Joan Jett, Mojo Nixon, Blood Oranges, Blue Mountain, Freedy Johnston and Mary Lee's Corvette.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Eric "Roscoe" Ambel" was born August 20, 1957 in Kankakee, Illinois. At a young age, Eric took up the Piano and Trumpet as part of the School music program. Around 10 years old Eric borrowed a guitar from his neighbor and began to teach himself with a chord book and by playing along with records. Eric would go ahead and play both Trumpet and Guitar through his college career at University of Wyoming.

"Ambel first took up the rock ‘n’ roll torch in the late 1970s while attending college the University of Wyoming, where he formed the punk combo the Dirty Dogs, who released the cult-classic single “Sorority Girl” before changing their name to the Accelerators and relocating to Los Angeles. In L.A. the Accelerators recorded and released an EP called “It’s Cool To Rock” produced by Danny Holloway (Plimsouls, Bob Marley), then after playing with Rik L Rik and Top Jimmy he began a two-year stint as lead guitarist in Joan Jett’s original Blackhearts, touring extensively and playing on her I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll album. He exited in the early ’80s to co-found the gritty New York foursome the Del-Lords, which also included ex-Dictator Scott Kempner and future Cracker drummer Frank Funaro, which released four highly regarded studio albums and helped usher in the ’80s roots-rock mini-boom.[4]"

Later life[edit]

"Veteran singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer/raconteur Eric Ambel—known to friends, associates and bandmates as Roscoe—is the possessor of an estimable musical resume that’s established his credentials as a deeply committed rocker as well as a witty and thoughtful songwriter. Between his current duties as producer, bandleader, studio proprietor, bar owner, member of uber-bar-band supergroup the Yayhoos and lead guitarist of Steve Earle’s band the Dukes, he’s found time to launch his own label, Lakeside Lounge Records, to redress the longstanding absence of Ambel solo product from the marketplace.[4]

Lakeside Lounge Records’ initial release is Knucklehead,[5] the first new Eric Ambel album in nearly a decade. The disc compiles 15 previously unreleased tracks recorded by Ambel in a variety of locations over the past 14 years with a variety of notable collaborators, including his fondly-remembered ’80s band the Del-Lords, the Bottle Rockets, Andy York (John Mellencamp), Warner Hodges (Jason and the Scorchers), Will Rigby (the dB’s), Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu), Tony Shanahan (Patti Smith), Ron Gremp (the Morells), Steven Terry (Whiskeytown), Martin’s Folly and Ambel’s Yayhoos cohorts Dan Baird, Keith Christopher and Terry Anderson. Also lending a hand is Steve Earle, who contributes a previously unheard composition, “The Usual Time,” and adds vocals to a new version of the Del-Lords chestnut “Judas Kiss.”

In 1996, Ambel co-founded the Yayhoos with ex-Georgia Satellites frontman Dan Baird, Satellites/Shaver/Roscoe’s Gang bassist Keith Christopher and noted drummer/tunesmith Terry Anderson, who released their long-brewing debut album Fear Not the Obvious on Bloodshot Records in 2001. Also in 1996, Ambel opened the popular East Village bar the Lakeside Lounge, which he co-owns and where he sometimes performs. In 1999, he inaugurated Cowboy Technical Services, his own 24-track analog/digital recording studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which has since played host to the likes of Ryan Adams, Robert Randolph, Steve Wynn, Marshall Crenshaw, Laura Cantrell, Marah, the Silos, the Damnwells and Martin’s Folly.

In 2000, he became lead guitarist in Steve Earle’s touring and recording band the Dukes, appearing on such projects as Earle’s acclaimed Jerusalem album, the documentary profile Just An American Boy and the Grammy Award winning record The Revolution Starts…..Now. Ambel recorded and toured with Earle and the Dukes from 2000 through 2005.

In June 2006 Ambel’s Lakeside Lounge label releases the new Yayhoos cd titled “Put The Hammer Down” Also in 2006 Ambel’s song “Baby I Love You” from the Yayhoos Fear Not the Obvious was featured as the closing credits song in James Gunn’s Horror/Comedy film SLiTHER.

Ambel has been producing records for many artists including Kasey Anderson, The Travelling Band, Mark McKay and the Bottle Rockets while playing gigs with the Roscoe Trio and playing guitar for Mike Ferrio’s band Tandy.

In 2008 New West Records released the Steve Earle “Live From Austin, TX” from the Austin City Limits Nov 12, 2000 show featuring Eric as a member of the Dukes.

In 2009 The Bottle Rockets Ambel produced “Lean Forward” was released by Bloodshot Records. Ambel also began work on his Gringoman recordings which find him playing all the instruments and doing most of the recording in his home studio “Lily’s Terrace in the East Village.

In 2010 the Del-Lords released the Ambel produced Under Construction EP. The recent reissues of their records had brought them back together. After a couple under cover warm up gigs in the North East the band played their first tour in 20 years in Spain. Back in NYC Ambel began work on Chris Barron’s next solo record and albums from Ben Hall from Nashville and the Tallboys of Kentucky.[4]"

Awards & Contribution[6][edit]

2016 Canis Majoris Esquela Producer
2015 #392: The EP Collection Marshall Crenshaw Mixing
2015 Blue Healer Jimbo Mathus Primary Artist
2015 South Broadway Athletic Club The Bottle Rockets Mixing, Photography, Vocals, Guitars, Composer
2014 Face the Music Nils Lofgren Guitar, Producer, Vocals
2014 The Box Set Series Run-D.M.C. Guitar
2013 Bottle Rockets/The Brooklyn Side The Bottle Rockets Transfers, Reissue Coordination, Guest Artist, Mixing
2013 Elvis Club The Del-Lords Engineer, Guitar, Vocal Harmony, Soloist, Inside Photo, Composer, Keyboards, Vocals
2013 Let Me Turn You On! Composer, Guitar, Instrumentation
2013 Are We Rolling? Esquela Producer
2011 Heart Of A Dog Kasey Anderson and the Honkies Composer
2011 Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening The Bottle Rockets Mixing
2010 The Music of Run DMC Run-D.M.C. Guitar
2010 The Owl Has Landed Esquela Producer
2009 A New Beginning Ted Morris Mixing
2009 Lean Forward The Bottle Rockets Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
2009 Royal City Royal City Engineer
2009 This Song Kills Cancer, Vol. 1 Producer
2008 Live from Austin TX November 12, 2000 Steve Earle Main Personnel, Vocals, Guitar
2007 Brooklyn Bridge Casey Neill Guitar (Electric)
2007 Dismissed With a Kiss Spanking Charlene Producer, Photography, Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Wah Wah Guitar, Soloist, Dulcitone
2007 Let Go Keri Noble Guitar (Electric)
2007 Low Miss Ohio Mixing, Keyboards
2007 Reckoning Kasey Anderson Producer, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Guitar (12 String), Guitar (Baritone), E-Bow, Trumpet, Keyboards, Tambourine, Vocals (Background), Hi String Guitar, Mando-Guitar
2007 Songbird: Rare Tracks & Forgotten Gems Emmylou Harris Vocals, Guitar
2006 Harpo's Ghost Thea Gilmore Engineer, Guitar (Electric), Harmonium
2006 In the Raw Sugar Mountain Producer, Mixing, Guitar (Acoustic), Pump Organ, Vocals (Background), Vocal Harmony, Fuzz Guitar, Telecaster
2006 Love, Loss & Lunacy Mary Lee's Corvette Producer, Guitar (12 String), Drum Programming
2006 Put the Hammer Down The Yayhoos Producer, Liner Notes, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Piano, Drums, Percussion, Clapping, Dulcitone, Fuzz Guitar, Group Member, Composer
2006 Slither [Muisc from the Motion Picture] Allan Wilson Composer
2006 Wire Waltz The Last Town Chorus Engineer
2005 Best: 1991-2003 Joe d'Urso & Stone Caravan Producer, Musician
2005 Favorites 1990-2005 Nils Lofgren Producer, Audio Production, Main Personnel, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Timpani
2005 For a Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records Producer, Mixing, Group Member
2005 Keri Noble Keri Noble Guitar (Electric)
2005 Lowe Profile: A Tribute to Nick Lowe Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Primary Artist
2005 My Own Backyard Ann Klein Guitar (Acoustic)
2005 Terry Anderson and the Olympic Ass-Kickin Team Terry Anderson Guitar
2004 Austin City Limits Music Festival: 2003 Guitar
2004 Dead Roses Kasey Anderson Producer, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Guitar (12 String Electric), E-Bow, Piano, Wurlitzer, Tambourine, Dulcitone
2004 Knucklehead Eric Ambel Primary Artist, Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Photography, Vocals, Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Organ, Soloist, Dulcitone, Composer
2004 Shimmer Mark McKay Producer, Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Baritone), E-Bow, Piano, Organ, Wurlitzer, Tambourine, Vocals (Background), Dulcitone
2004 The Q People: A Tribute to NRBQ Guitar (Electric), Vocals (Background)
2004 The Revolution Starts...Now Steve Earle Main Personnel, Vocals, Guitar, Group Member
2003 700 Miles Mary Lee's Corvette Producer, Mixing, Audio Production, Photography, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (12 String), Organ, Drum Programming, Vocals (Background), String Arrangements, Dulcitone
2003 From Hope Martin's Folly Producer, Mixing, Recorder, Horn, Percussion
2003 Split Personality The Gamma Rays Vocals, Guitar
2003 The Songs of Hank Williams, Jr.: A Bocephus Celebration Mixing
2003 Used Country Female Tammy Faye Starlite Producer, Guitar (Acoustic), Tambourine, Vocals (Background), Guitar (Rhythm)
2003 What's in the Bag? Marshall Crenshaw Producer, Guitar (Bass), Dulcitone
2002 Chooglin': A Tribute to the Songs of John Fogerty Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Drums
2002 Come Along The Dark Horses Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Organ, Tambourine
2002 Don't Let the Bastards Get You Down: A Tribute to Kris Kristofferson Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Trumpet, Trombone, Drums, Bass
2002 Jerusalem Steve Earle Vocals, Guitar
2002 Perfect City Florence Dore Producer, Mixing, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Guitar (12 String), Piano, Organ, Vocals (Background), Dulcitone
2002 The Lowdown: 1997-2002 Tandy Trumpet
2001 Cripplin' Crutch Joe Flood Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Guitar (12 String Electric), Percussion, Vocals (Background)
2001 Fear Not the Obvious The Yayhoos Producer, Engineer, Photography, Vocals, Guitar, Composer
2001 Green Pop Big In Iowa Producer, Mixing, Vocals (Background), Guitar (Acoustic, Electric, 12-String, Baritone), Tambourine, Trumpet
2001 Pulling up Atlantis Demolition String Band Producer
2001 The Bloodroot Transcriptions Tandy Trumpet
2000 Boarding House Rules Tom Heyman Mastering
2000 Down to the Promised Land: 5 Years of Bloodshot Records Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Dulcimer, Keyboards, Drums, Percussion, Bass
2000 Lot No. 99-0038 Robert Becker Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Bass
2000 Tarheel Boogie Jimmy Nations Guitar (Acoustic)
1999 Brand New Year The Bottle Rockets Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (12 String), Slide Guitar, Guitar (Baritone), Wah Wah Guitar, Organ, Shaker, Dulcitone
1999 Crown Royal Run-D.M.C. Guitar
1999 Get Tough: The Best of the Del-Lords The Del-Lords Mixing, Guitar, Bass
1999 It's Heartbreak That Sells: A Tribute to Ray Mason Producer, Engineer, Performer, Primary Artist
1999 Man, It's Cold Martin's Folly Producer, Mixing, Guitar, Trumpet, Keyboards
1999 Sessions from the Flats Ghosts of the Canal Production Coordination
1999 Southern Lines The Backsliders Producer, Mixing, Guitar (Electric), Composer
1999 Stir of Echoes Composer
1999 This Ain't No Tribute Blues Cube Guitar
1999 This Note's for You Too!: A Tribute to Neil Young Performer, Primary Artist
1999 True Lovers of Adventure Mary Lee's Corvette Producer, Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
1999 Ultimate Collection Nils Lofgren Producer, Guitar (Electric)
1999 West Virginia Dog Track Boogie The Cowslingers Producer
1998 Dolly Horrorshow The Blacks Producer
1998 Leftovers The Bottle Rockets Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Slide Guitar, Organ (Hammond), Harmony
1998 Little Big Man Jono Manson Producer, Mixing
1998 Popular Demons Greg Trooper Composer
1998 What's So Funny Angry Johnny & The Killbillies Guitar, Organ (Hammond)
1997 24 Hours a Day The Bottle Rockets Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Guitar (12 String), Piano, Organ, Mellotron, Tambourine, Percussion, Clapping, Harmony
1997 Bug Bite Daddy Simon Chardiet Producer
1997 Characters Producer
1997 Gadzooks: The Homemade Bootleg Mojo Nixon Guest Artist, Producer, Vocals, Guitar
1997 Killing Time [EP] Love Riot Producer
1997 Mexican Blackbird The Cowslingers Producer, Guitar
1997 Paint It Blue: Songs of the Rolling Stones Guitar
1997 Straight Outta Boone Country Producer, Drums, Vocals (Background), Bass
1997 Surf Guitar Greats Producer
1996 Buffalo Nickel Dan Baird Composer
1996 East Side Story, Vol. 1 Performer, Composer, Primary Artist
1996 Life Is Large The Kennedys Guest Artist, Guitar (Electric)
1996 Martin's Folly Martin's Folly Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Trumpet, Piano, Percussion
1996 Mary Lee's Corvette Mary Lee's Corvette Producer, Mixing
1996 Maybe She Will Love Riot Producer, Mixing, Guitar, Percussion, Mastering
1996 Rig Rock Deluxe: A Musical Salute to the American Truck Drivers Producer, Vocals, Guitar
1996 That's Truckdriving The Cowslingers Producer, Mixing
1996 The Knitter Cheri Knight Guest Artist, Producer
1996 Trucker's Last Dollar The Cowslingers Producer, Guitar (Acoustic)
1996 Waiting Around for the Crash Go to Blazes Producer, Mixing, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Penny Whistle, Trumpet, Vocals (Background)
1996 Wooden Leg Wooden Leg Guest Artist, Mixing
1995 Cool Down Time Dan Zanes Composer
1995 Dog Days Blue Mountain Guest Artist, Producer, Mixing, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Shaker
1995 Look at Me I'm Cool! Simon & the Bar Sinisters Producer, Photography, Guitar (Acoustic), Shaker, Vocal Harmony
1995 Loud & Lonesome Eric Ambel & Roscoe's Gang Producer, Arranger, Mixing, Liner Notes, Primary Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Composer
1995 Sing Hollies in Reverse Producer, Performer, Primary Artist
1995 The Brooklyn Side The Bottle Rockets Producer
1995 The Live from Mountain Stage, Vol. 8 Guitar
1995 Whereabouts Unknown Mojo Nixon Producer
1994 Anytime...Anywhere Go to Blazes Producer, Mixing, Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Guitar (12 String), Dobro, Percussion, Vocals (Background), Composer
1994 Love & A .45 Producer
1994 Star Power Producer, Vocals, Slide Guitar
1994 The Crying Tree The Blood Oranges Producer, Mixing
1993 Marijuana's Greatest Hits Revisited Producer, Guitar
1993 Rig Rock Truck Stop Producer, Vocals, Guitar
1992 Crooked Line Nils Lofgren Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Timpani
1992 Just a Little Nils Lofgren Producer, Vocals, Guitar
1992 Lone Green Valley The Blood Oranges Producer
1992 Rig Rock Jukebox Producer, Guitar, 6-String Bass, Bass
1991 20 Explosive Dynamic Super Smash Hit Explosions! Guitar, Fuzz Guitar
1990 Lovers Who Wander The Del-Lords Featured Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (12 String), Vocal Harmony, Performer, Guitar (Rickenbacker)
1990 Otis Mojo Nixon Guitar, Vocals (Background)
1989 Howlin' at the Halloween Moon The Del-Lords Guitar
1989 Live at Raji's The Del-Lords Guitar
1989 Surprise Syd Straw Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
1988 Based on a True Story The Del-Lords Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
1988 Roscoe's Gang Eric Ambel Primary Artist, Producer, Liner Notes, Vocals, Guitar, Composer
1986 Johnny Comes Marching Home The Del-Lords Vocals, Guitar, Group Member, Composer
1986 Luxury Condos Coming to Your Neighborhood Soon Producer, Vocals, Guitar
1984 Frontier Days The Del-Lords Vocals, Guitar
1981 Bad Reputation Joan Jett Guitar


In the past ten years Eric has been involved with producing records and playing with bands in New York City. As a member of Yayhoos with Dan Baird, Keith Christopher and Terry Anderson, the band put out the record “Put The Hammer Down” in 2006. In the 1980s Del-Lords reformed and put out a record titled “Elvis Club” in 2013. After 11 years, Eric put out his first solo record titled “Lakeside” after a bar he co-owned. He also runs Cowboy Technical Services, a recording studio, with Tim Hatfield.[7]



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  7. ^ from an interview on Americana Music Show #295, published April 12, 2016.

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