Texas blues guitarist and singer Lance Lopez released his sixth album, “Tell the Truth,” this spring. On Thursday, June 28, Lopez and his band will bring music from the new release and previous records to The Palms Playhouse. The show will start at 8 p.m.
Lopez’s smoky tenor has grown more passionate with the years, reminding listeners he was brought up by the likes of Bobby “Blue” Bland, Buddy Miles, Johnny Taylor and Lucky Peterson.
He started playing professionally at the age of 14 in bars and clubs in and around New Orleans. He joined up with soul great Johnny Taylor when he was just 17, became Lucky Peterson’s bandleader at 18, and eventually joined the Buddy Miles Express. He’s lived the life every day since, and listeners can feel every mile of the road on the new 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.
Lopez was mentored by the best, so along with the priceless lessons in the musical life from legends like Buddy Miles, came lessons in drinking, drugging, late nights, the ravages of road food and a side of the life that has broken so many. Now, with the grace of good faith, friends, and family, Lopez has seen it through to a healthier, happier side.
Released in March, “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 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.
Released 20 years after his first solo album, “Tell the Truth” is the record on which Lopez finally defines his solo sound. His trademark hard-edged gritty guitars are lovingly parsed and layered throughout, and there’s 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.
Lopez also draws inspiration from southern rock and British hard rock. On this album, Lopez has one foot in the blues and one foot in rock ‘n’ roll, and the soul he brings is the gravy on top.
Lopez is also active in Supersonic Blues Machine. That trio has released two albums since 2015, both of which have reached the top 15 in Billboard’s blues chart, and feature collaborations with Robben Ford, Walter Trout, Chris Duarte, Lukather, Billy Gibbons, Eric Gales and Warren Hayes. They have performed to thousands of people around the world, including performances in Holland, India, Russia, Norway and the UK.
Tickets for Lopez’s Thursday, June 28 show at The Palms are $18 and are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if not sold out.
For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and lancelopezmusic.com.