Lambert & Walz

by Lambert & Walz

Released 2016
Released 2016
Bluegrass and Blues with masterful pickin' and harmonies by Eric Lambert & Chris Walz. Recorded with spontaneity and improvisation in the vein of Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Flatt & Scruggs, and Mississippi John Hurt.
Eric Lambert (Lowell, IN) and Chris Walz (Chicago, IL) are both standout solo artists. Collaborating as a duet, they are exponentially engaging, showcasing stunning and spontaneous musical conversations. Their repertoire is vast; they perform both traditional and original songs in the genres of Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk, old-time, and beyond. Of note, Lambert is an official TrueFire Artist & Educator, and Walz has been teaching at the Old Town School of Folk Music since 1996.

Eric Lambert: Guitar, lead vocals, and harmonies; also slide guitar on "Make Me A Pallet."
Chris Walz: Guitar, lead vocals, and harmonies; also mandolin on "Rye Whiskey."

"Lambert & Walz are stylish and masterful musicians, and the new full-length album is a fine production showcasing their guitar wizardry. It is most highly recommended."​ —Lilli Kuzma, host of "Folk Festival" (WDCB Chicago / radiowayne)

"Lambert and Walz‒super pickers, great bluegrass harmonies! That's what you get from two seasoned pros!" —Al Kniola, 88.1 WVPE Public Radio

“Two quality artists that complement each other well. It's a must have CD to listen to for those who travel a lot and want quality music reminiscent of legends.” —Rusty James, WDRT Radio

"Think Blue Sky Boys on steroids, or Tony Rice and Jerry Garcia on quaaludes, or just what it is, Eric Lambert and Chris Walz, two great pickers and singers, reflecting those previous mentioned influences, pickin' on your porch.

Titled “Lambert and Walz” this CD was released February 23, 2016. “Lambert and Walz” is a laid back, stripped down, largely un-edited collection of bluegrass standards performed on guitar and mandolin. Lambert and Walz was produced by John Carpenter and Eric Lambert, and recorded at Thunderclap Recording Studio in Hammond Indiana. Chris, formerly with The Special Consensus, and Eric, who has covered the gamut from electric rock and roll, to the Grateful Dead, and speaking these days through flatpick guitar, have pulled together their years of picking, singing and writing to assemble 2 originals, and seven bluegrass tunes every parking lot picker should know.

The idea was to present these songs in a live, spontaneous feel. I think they’ve pulled it off in grand fashion. Both sing together, swapping lead and harmonies, just like they’d do on the porch, passing tasteful immaculate breaks back and forth. If you listen from track 1 (East Virginia Blues, my Dad taught me this!) on through, (ends with a medley- “Bill Cheatham/ Hand Me Down") by the time you get to track 6, Eric’s upbeat “I’ll Never Love Another”, (I floated up to Heaven without Dyin-what a line!) and track 8, Chris’ beautiful melancholy engineer’s tale, “The Whistle’s Lonesome Sound”, you won’t even realize that these two originals are fresh and new, and not part of this treasure chest of traditional Bluegrass songs.

With all the groundbreaking innovative string bending happening in Roots music these days, listening to “Lambert and Walz” is really like stepping out into the field on a cool, dark starry night, and looking up at the stars, breathing in the refreshing air that is the roots of this music we attach the word “Grass” to. Thanks to Eric Lambert and Chris Walz for choosing these particular songs, and this ease of a format to showcase their musicianship and vocals in a relaxed duet, from their porch to yours." —Ernie Hill, No Depression