Johnny Neel who is one of the famous keyboard player (Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule), mixes his wonderful touch with the "slide witch doctor " Cyril Lance, for the first release of the guitar player on Dixiefrog. Little Feat, Carlos Santana, Allman Brothers, Kenny Burrell or Otis Redding fans : this album is for you!
The North Carolina born, six strings master, Plays Blues, Jazz, as well as Rock, and Lap steel, acoustic or slide guitar don’t have no secret for him. A touch of exception and a long time devotion for the Blues !
Cyril Lance releases his debut album Stranger in My House The album is a pleasant surprise for the blues community and prompted strong, positive, reviews from the music media. After a trip through Stranger in My House, Billboard magazine noted that "Lance has masterminded one of the best contemporary blues albums of the year. His virtuosity on guitar and lap steel is undeniable, and his songwriting makes him an instant item in bluesville."
Lance called on the massive vocal talent of Johnny Neel (Allman Bros. Band, Gov’t Mule) and the keyboard wizardry of Matt Jenson (Ronnie Earle, Johnny Adams). Neel’s soulful vocal performance is one of the most moving highlights of Stranger.
Cyril met Neel during a recording session at Neel’s studio in Nashville several years earlier. Cyril recalls that, "there was that 30 seconds during a sound check when Johnny and I subliminally hooked up musically and I knew we had that same thing." He adds that, " The vocal sessions for ŒStranger " were amazing and very emotional.
It’s the tour-de-force character of Stranger that prompted Blues Revue magazine to observe that : " Lance wades into swampy blues-rock that sizzles and smokes with astonishing professionalism and passion. ". At the heart of this awesome album is Cyril Lance’s guitar work and his songwriter. Cyril authored seven of the 10 songs on Stranger in My House, including the slow blues burner that is the title track and the hard-hitting blues-rock tune "I Want the Real Thing." As a songwriter he shows a real knack for storytelling and a willingness to keep his writing emotionally honest : " I wanted a sonic palette that was more textured, however, than your typical blues. I come from so many different styles. I play jazz, I play folk, I play Celtic, as well as blues and rock, so I have a lot of different interests. "
Cyril did most of his growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended Cornell University and graduated with a degree in physics. Remaining in the Northeast, he played gigs in the Boston area and studied at the New England Conservatory of Music. In the mid-90’s Cyril moved to the Chapel Hill, North Carolina, area. Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill boasts an incredibly diverse music scene and Cyril quickly immersed himself in this scene. A three-year stint playing lead guitar for the Zydeco-blues band Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos not only put Cyril way inside the central Carolina music scene, but also gave him a good bit of touring experience.
Cyril has signed with DixieFrog Records, a European label that also features Duke Robillard, Popa Chubby, Tommy Castro and Big Bill Morganfield in its rooster.
He’s a versatile and adept electric guitarist. A thoughtful and provocative soloist, he plays with the economy of a jazz guitarist, but he can catch-a-fire as ardently as Luther Allison or Ronnie Earl. Rock my Blues !
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