Six string guitar legend Lance Lopez releases yet another Texas blues anthem with the song ‘The Real Deal’. The title says it all. No other guitar player embodies that Texas image like Lance does. ‘The Real Deal’ is the second single of his forthcoming album ‘Tell The Truth’, set to be released on the 2nd of March 2018.
Here’s what Lance Lopez has to say about the new single:
“The Real Deal’ is what the ‘Tell The Truth’ story is all about. It’s about being who you are
and being as true as you possibly can. It’s my story from my perspective told with unapologetic honesty. It’s like shaking hands with someone and looking them in the eye while you do it.”
Tell The Truth is an autobiographical tour-de-force through the life and times of an archetypal Texas blues legend with all the highs and lows that inevitably accompany this time honored path. Lance Lopez has been on a slow, steady climb up the mountain to the blues rock hall of heavyweights for the last decade, and this album declares his arrival.
“Nothin’ worth having, ever came easy to me, the sweetest victories came within an inch of defeat” ~ “Never Came Easy”
Lance Lopez has a voice that let’s you know he’s walked the walk, and his smokey tenor has grown more gravely and passionate with the years, then you remember, he was brought up by the likes of Bobby “Blue” Bland, Buddy Miles, Johnny Taylor, and Lucky Peterson. Lance started playing professionally at the age of 14 in bars and clubs in and around New Orleans, joining up with soul great Johnny Taylor when he was just 17, then becoming Lucky Peterson’s band leader at 18, and eventually joining the Buddy Miles Express. He’s lived the life every day since, and you can feel every mile of the road on this album.
The path to becoming a Texas blues guitar legend is not an easy road, and even with mentors and friends like Billy Gibbons and Johnny Winter, that road is long and fraught with the necessity of the literally thousands of clubs, endless nights, low wages, and long travels – all of which leads to the many temptations that make for distractions to get one through the day. Lance Lopez, again, was mentored by the best, and that means that along with the priceless lessons in the musical life from legends like Buddy Miles, also came lessons in drinking, drugging, late nights, the ravages of road food, and that side of the life that has broken so many. With the grace of good faith, friends, and family, Lance has seen it through to a healthier, happier side.
Lance Lopez released his first of six solo studio albums, First Things First, independently in 1998, several live outings, and two critically acclaimed and well received albums as the lead vocalist and guitarist for Supersonic Blues Machine (West Of Flushing South Of Frisco, Californisoul). He’s toured extensively from America’s West Coast, throughout Europe and the UK, and as far East as India and Jakarta, Indonesia.
“A very exciting and intense blues guitarist.” ~ Jeff Beck
Tell The Truth is the record on which Lance Lopez finally defines his solo sound – there’s loads of his famous hard-edged gritty guitars, lovingly parsed and layered throughout, but there’s also a powerful full band sound on every track with throbbing bass lines, sumptuous piano and organ, wicked blues harp, thunderous drums, and Lopez’s industrial strength vocals across the whole of this outstanding songset.
This record rocks. Hard. Nobody seems to talk much about the rock side of Lance Lopez, but that’s about to change. The blues audience has been hip for years, but as much as he identifies with the legacies of the Hubert Sumlins and the many, many greats of that world, Lance Lopez also proudly wears the colours of British hard rock and the Southern rock sounds that informed the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd – all of which came from the firestorm that Hendrix brought back with him from London. This album has one foot in the blues, and one foot in rock ’n’ roll, and Lopez straddles the divide brilliantly. The soul that he brings to this recipe is the gravy on top, and it makes for a very tasty, satisfying meal. This album is electrifying. It rolls through like a thunderous majestic freight train of truth, pain, and hope.
01.Never Came Easy
03.Down To One Bar
05.Cash My Check
06.The Real Deal
07.Raise Some Hell
08.Angel Eyes Of Blue
09.Back On The Highway
10.Blue Moon Rising
11.Tell The Truth
Release Date: 2 March 2018
Available formats: CD, LP and digital