Eric Lambert and Friends
At 54 years of age, Eric Lambert has been playing guitar professionally for over 40 years. 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. Following, Eric crafted his unique voice as an acoustic guitarist, blending the bluegrass approaches of Tony Rice, Clarence White and Norman Blake with those of his main influences, B.B. King, Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead and Old & In the Way. The richness of diversity in Eric’s influences is evident in his playing and throughout his vast career. He has played in clubs, concert halls, and arenas in over ten countries as a solo artist and with countless ensembles. Some career highlights include playing with Virgil Kane along with Alabama and George Strait, in bands Big Shoulders, Heartsfield and alongside bluegrass artist, Valerie Smith. Recently, Eric has put down the electric to teach, record and play bluegrass full time. He has three solo releases out on his own label, Woodpicker Music, and teaches many styles of guitar throughout the Chicago area. He has been featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.Lambert currently tours with the Henhouse Prowlers and is featured on their latest release 'Verses Chapters and Rhymes'
Mad Bread is a string band for the 21st century, playing a unique mixture of bluegrass, rock, folk and blues. The band blends traditional instruments with modern songwriting, creating innovative, genre-bending music that defies classification. At a concert, you'll hear them move effortlessly from boot-stompin' bluegrass jams, to psychedelic folk ballads, to Chicago-style blues-rock with stops everywhere in between.
Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders
Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders play their own version of country music that blends classic country, western swing, hillbilly, outlaw and feature Whitaker's original country and western material. The combo also plays a variety of country classics ranging from the 1940's period of Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb through the 50's and 60's, with artists such as George Jones, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Charlie Pride, Bob Dylan, and into the 70's outlaw era of Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, The Allman Brothers, and Gram Parsons. And yes, this means they won't play Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, or Big & Rich no matter how many times you ask.
DWSB has been playing frequently in the Chicago area and the surrounding cities over the past four years, including noted shows at Arlington Park and The Chicago Country Music Festival. Their last CD, Shinebender, is available via most on-line retailers such as Amazon.com, and also for download from Itunes. Your Final Ride, Dan Whitaker's first country release, is also available at these sites.
In addition to his country band, Dan Whitaker heads an original rock band called The Gyps. His past band endeavors include Great Plains Gypsies (1996-2007), June Bug Massacre (1987-1993), A Horse Named Bill (1993-1995), Western Grand (2000-2004) and Athletic (2000-2003).
Dan Whitaker lead vocals, electric guitar
Chase Jackson drums
Belden "Trip" Kimball III guitars, vocals
Earl Powers bass
Red Winston pedal steel guitar
Jenny B and the Caravan
Jenny B & The Caravan is a long time coming. Combing the vocals and music from Jennifer Beyers and Carl Bryan with the strong rhythm section of Ryan McCaslin and Scott Luman has lead to a perfect sound of rock, country, and pop. They are four musicians bringing together a unique and new sound.