A fun night of folk/Americana acts!
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Eric Lambert has been pickin’ and grinnin’ his way into people’s hearts for over 40 years. Specializing in the fiery art of flatpicking, he has built a distinguished career writing, performing, recording, and teaching Americana music in and around Chicago, IL and beyond. Traces of rock, folk, bluegrass, country, and blues can be detected throughout his music, delivered with energy, soul, and inspiration. His voice, presence, and precision moves audiences to their feet, while his playful spirit and warm sense of joy makes people feel right at home.
Eric’s music resonates the old school philosophy of the groundbreaking musicians who inspired him; music should know no boundaries. Influenced by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts at an early age, Eric discovered country and bluegrass music through the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band album, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Raised on Chicago’s south side, he cites diverse influences as catalysts in shaping his unique roots music sound. His original voice was crafted by blending the bluegrass approaches of Tony Rice, Clarence White, and Norman Blake with those of his main influences such as B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, and Old & In The Way.
Eric excels at every style of music he performs, moving through them with an uncanny ease and smoothness. The richness of diversity in his influences is evident in his playing and throughout his vast career, which spans 10 countries as a solo artist and as a band member. Some career highlights include playing with Virgil Kane along with Alabama and George Strait, and being a front man in bands such as Big Shoulders, Heartsfield, Valerie Smith Band, and most recently Chicago’s award-winning Henhouse Prowlers, being featured on their latest album release, “Verses Chapters and Rhymes.” He has also appeared in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.
From Marshall, North Carolina, Dana and Susan Robinson play an exciting blend of original songs and oldtime mountain music and bring to their concerts the undeniable rhythm of their trademark guitar/banjo sound. Whether it is quiet or driving, there is a steady and unrelenting groove to the music that supports the lyric and delivers their stories in an effortless and magical way.
Dana’s instrumental “Crossing The Platte” was featured in Ken Burns new PBS documentary, “The Dust Bowl.”
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dana relocated to New England where he discovered both a thriving songwriters scene and the deep well of traditional mountain music. In the early 1980’s, Dana settled in northern Vermont and built a house “off the grid” (no electricity and phone) on 30 acres near the Canadian border. There he founded a popular bakery, café and folk music venue. Dana launched into full-time touring after the release of his 1994 debut CD, Elemental Lullabye, and after receiving a request to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City for Putumayo’s Shelter benefit project.
The band name, Dark Water Rising, originates from the home of its members. Robeson County, known for its rich Lumbee culture, thrives from the nourishment of swamplands and rich, dark water of the Lumber River. The dark watered swamps are legendary for providing hide outs and escape routes for Lumbee outlaws during the Civil War; with hard work and persistence, Dark Water Rising will be labeled as one of the most original and charismatic bands to rise from the “middle of nowhere”.
The year of 2010 will go down in history for DWR, as the year that local, regional, and national success would provide the band with the momentum needed to take their music to another level. Serving as the headlining act in prominent venues throughout the Piedmont, Triad, and Southeastern regions of North Carolina, DWR gained new and rewarding learning experiences, further increasing their level of professionalism.
The members of Dark Water Rising complement each other in a “special” way to create their sound; one that surpasses skill and technique. Though many others have tried, DWR does not categorize its music into one genre. With a knack for taking “whatever comes out” and creating music that refreshes the senses, Dark Water Rising has the uncanny ability to successfully crossover into soul, alternative rock, blues, country, and hip-hop. The energy of DWR’s eclectic sound is embraced and enhanced in the live setting, making each show a must-see event.
With the release of their debut self-titled debut album “Dark Water Rising”, the band gained a greater appreciation for their music and a stronger desire to share their talents with as many people as possible. As a complete work of original material, the album also led DWR to the 2010 Native American Music Awards to capture the award for “Debut Duo or Group of the Year”. Dark Water Rising is the complete package. With a frontline trio of beautiful, talented women, backed by three equally talented male counterparts, the gang of DWR is poised for the journey ahead.