An acclaimed Chicago-based Americana band, Eric Lambert & Friends, makes its Rock Island Brewing Company debut Friday night. The 9:30 p.m. show, at 1815 2nd Ave., has a $4 cover.
"Traces of rock, folk, bluegrass and blues can be detected throughout his music, which is delivered with energy, soul and inspiration," according to the website, ericlambert.com. "His voice, presence and precision moves audiences to their feet, while his playful spirit and warm sense of joy makes them feel right at home."
Mr. Lambert's career highlights include playing with Virgil Kane, Alabama and George Strait, and being a front man in bands such as Big Shoulders, Heartsfield, Valerie Smith Band and most recently Chicago's Henhouse Prowlers, being featured on their latest album release, "Verses Chapters and Rhymes."
Music education continues to be a mainstay in Mr. Lambert's life, fulfilling a dream and supporting his mission of helping others learn how to play the guitar. For the past 35 years, he's been professionally teaching music, including the art of flatpicking, which is a style for which he's become known.
In 2012, he was awarded a position as an official TrueFire artist and educator, teaching guitar along side the world's best musicians. Mr. Lambert's interactive guitar course, "1-2-3 Bluegrass," was designed to introduce people to the world of bluegrass guitar through a series of easy-to-understand lessons.
His band features himself on lead vocals, acoustic guitar and mandolin, with Dan Rogers on bass, Pat Fiddle on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, and a cast of other talented musicians and friends playing guitar, fiddle, dobro, mandolin, percussion and even the washboard from time to time. Mr. Lambert says he has a diverse range of musical tastes,fueled by "his genuine love and deep respect for all walks of Americana music."