Monday, September 18, 2023

Lance Lopez

More than 800,000 people have the surname López in Spain but Lance Lopez is not one of them. Born in Shreveport (1977), Louisiana is one of the promises of current rock. Better said, it is a reality certified by guitarists like Jeck Beck or Slash.

As in all cases of great guitarists, he started playing the guitar very young, at 8 years old. At age 12 he moved to Dallas with his mother where he attended Stevie Ray Vaughan's last concert with B.B. King. The next step for him is New Orleans where he performs his first performances in the French Quarter at only 14 years old. Back in Dallas he meets Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and manages to join Johnnie Taylor's band with which he tours the southern United States. At 18 he was hired by Lucky Peterson to tour around the world for three years. During that time he also participates in the Buddy Miles Express. Finally in 1999 he released his first album, "First Things First, with his own record label. The recognitions and awards are coming, Blues Band of the Year. We have his second album in 2003, "Wall of Soul, with the participation of Eric Wales and Doug Pinnick (King's X). In 2005 he formed Band of Trouble, along with Buddy Miles (Hendrix) and bassist Tommy Shannon (SRV). In 2005 came their third production, "Simplify Your Vision" and two years later "Higher Ground" and "Live". Lance's fame spreads like wildfire around the world, making many tours and performances with bands like ZZ Top, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Rod Stewart among others. His solo discography is completed by "Salvation From Sundown" (2010), "Handmade Music" (2011) and his latest project to date "Tell the Truth".

The album is released by the Provogue label and produced by Fabrizio Grossi, a well-known bassist who has collaborated on projects by Nina Hagen, Steve Vai, Neal Schon, Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, Frank Gambale, John 5, Ritchie Kotzen, Slash, Eric Wales, Tracii Guns, Gilby Clarke and many more. Lance's band is made up of: Wes Jeans (guitar, vocals), Eric Scortia (keyboards), Landis Chinsenhall (drums) and Aris O'Neil Poncey (bass). The CD presents eleven songs full of excellent blues rock with certain southern overtones. Pulling from the right sources (Hendrix, SRV, BBKing, John Lee Hooker, etc.) he gives us great riffs. From the rural rocker "Never Came Easy To Me" to his version of "Mr. Lucky" (John Lee Hooker) with an SRV sound. We continue with "Down to One Bar", a song that could be in one of Lynyrd Skynyrd's latest works. In the same sound line we can find "High Life". "Stonian blues" atmosphere is what "Cash My Check" has in store for us. If we remove Lance's voice and put Coverdale's he could pass for Whitesnake. We have the ballads in "Raise Some Hell" and Blue Moon Rising". We find his devotion to Hendrix in "Angel Eyes of Blue" with totally renewed nuances. With "Back on the High way" we have good southern hard rock with excellent slide. The recording ends with "Tell The Truth", another excellent great riff to end with strength and a lot of punch.

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