Friday, September 25, 2009

Lance Lopez - 2004 - Wall of Soul

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1977, music has always been in Lance Lopez's blood. As early as being in the womb. When the family would have parties at their home, in rural Shreveport, Lance would bounce and roll in his mother's womb the louder the music got. They would play the records of JOE TEX, KC. AND THE SUNSHINE BAND and many other old school artist. Lance's father was stationed in the Army in Germany with ELVIS PRESLEY in the late 1950's and had a friendship with the legendary Entertainer which had a profound influence on young LL. Although ELVIS died 1 month and 2 weeks before LL was born, he never got to meet the King, although as early as age 3 his father showed him footage of ELVIS throughout his career which inspired LL in what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He began playing guitar at age 8 after his Father bought him an acoustic guitar for Christmas, he soon graduated on to a Japanese Squier Stratocaster and began emulating everything he heard on the radio or saw on television. In the summer of 1987 one of 2 monumental experience's would happen to LL that would solidify his journey with the guitar. That summer Lance heard "Are you Experienced" by JIMI HENDRIX for the very first time. "I remember my brother putting this record on , it was vinyl ya know, and the first track they played for me was 'Are you Experienced', Lance remembers. "I thought Hendrix was a brand new artist, and as those backwards solos swirled around and seem to engulf my entire bedroom, I picked up the Album sleeve and saw Jimi, and being a product of the 80's I immediatly thought of PRINCE and Purple Rain and I think Sign 'o the Times had just come out and I said 'Prince is over this guy is gonna ruin him, he's over.' Naturally my brother and all his friends pointed and laughed at me for a good 15 minutes before telling me Hendrix had been dead for nearly 20 years." The second monumental event came in 1990 when Lance moved to Dallas with his Mother. After having been in Dallas for 2 weeks he attended the Benson and Hedges Blues Festival. The headliners at that Festival were none other than STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN and B.B. KING."I knew right away what I had been searching for in guitar playing" recalls LL, "I wanted to play the Blues more than anything else in the world and I started from the beginning and went out and got ROBERT JOHNSON, SON HOUSE, MUDDY WATERS, BUKAA WHITE, all that delta music and started back over on my acoustic." Lance had a variety of bands in Dallas with friends from school, and they began to play at house parties all over the North Dallas area, after living in Dallas for 2 years LL moved with his father to New Orleans where he began playing professionally with much more older and seasoned musicians, and began understanding the elements of funk and R&B. After a time of honing his chops playing out live in New Orleans, Lance moved with his father to the Southwest Coast of Florida where he continued playing out live and playing in a variety of Blues and cover bands. Many hours of practicing and playing live had garnered Lance much deserved recognition. After moving back to Dallas, at 17, he was hired by the late-great soul singer JOHNNIE TAYLOR and toured the famed "Chitlin Circuit" with the soul legend, where he met and backed many more greats of that genre. A year later Lance was approached by the modern blues great LUCKY PETERSON, who took him into his band as the rhythm guitarist. Lance toured with the LUCKY PETERSON ORGANIZATION throughout North America and Europe for three years. During that time he developed his energetic and original stage presence and continued to strengthen his musical skills. He was ultimately given the position of band leader before later embarking on his solo career. In 1998, after forming a short-lived trio with legendary HENDRIX and SANTANA drummer BUDDY MILES and former STEELY DAN and session bassist CHUCK RAINEY, Lance wrote, recorded and released his debut CD 1st THINGS FIRST in 1999 on his own label - LaRoux Records. The cd was co-produced by JAY NEWLAND (who later went on to produce and engineer NORAH JONES). In August of 1999 Lance entered and won the Southeast Regional Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar competition at Tipitina's in New Orleans. He was awarded a Fender Stratocaster from Fender and the Jimi Hendrix family foundation. In 2001 Lance won the Blues Band Of The Year award presented by He was also awarded a citation of appreciation from Venlo, the Netherlands in 2001 during his European tour for 1st Things First. Lance Lopez has been playing to enthusiastic audiences around the region, opening shows for legends like B.B. KING. And in Europe opening for such notables as JEFF BECK and STEVE VAI. In 2003 Lance wrote, recorded and produced "WALL OF SOUL" along with fellow guitarist and long-time friend ERIC GALES, who lends his unique guitar and vocals to several tracks along with his production skills. This was Lance's second studio release and first release for "GROOVEYARD RECORDS". Wall of Soul also featured DUG PINNICK of the legendary trio KING'S X as guest vocalist on the closing track "Time". "Soul" was a pure exhibition of Lance's power trio skills and guitar pyrotechnics reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, and SRV. It also shows the more original Epic-Rock aspect of Lance's songwriting. Most of 2004 saw LL with his band COLD DISTANCE. Cold Distance was a short-lived Hard Rock band formed by Dallas and Austin, Tx.-based Blues and Rock musicians LANCE LOPEZ, PHILLIP BROWN, TONY VALDEZ and SEAN "Wakey" WAKEFIELD. The brainchild of guitarist Lance Lopez, who basically spearheaded the entire project, due to the fact of a possible major label recording deal. Cold Distance was born in Dallas, Tx. in the Spring of 2004 shortly after the release of Lance Lopez's "WALL OF SOUL" cd. Unfortunetly, due to the stresses of the road and the pressures from major label antics, Cold Distance disbanded in Febuary 2005 almost a year after forming. Although Lopez, Brown and Valdez have worked together in several projects together since... for more details please see... In early 2005, Lance reunited with BUDDY MILES to form a side project unofficially dubbed BAND OF TROUBLE, with Ex-JOHNNY WINTER, STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN and ARC ANGELS bassist TOMMY SHANNON. This unit combined members of Hendrix's Band of Gypsys with Stevie Ray Vaughan's Double Trouble to equal the ultimate foundation for Lance's guitar work. They shared the stage on concerts with artist such as Rick Derringer, Joe Bonamassa, Chris Duarte, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

2004 - Wall of Soul 

Track Listing:

1. Love/Hate Relationship
2. Looks So Good
3. Didja
4. Cardboard Sign
5. Alone In Love
6. I Don't Want No More (with ERIC GALES)
7. Shame The Devil
8. What Goes Around Comes Around
9. Quarter, Nickel Or A Dime (with ERIC GALES)
10. Idle Time
11. Spanish Castle Magic

If you are a blues fan, you absolutely must listen to this.  Lance Lopez is one of the few who are keeping the blues alive. 


1 comment:

  1. Holy shit, its like Jesus fucking Christ with a guitar. Fuck me. Thanks a million times over. If I had a sister I'd let you fuck her for this one.


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