Los Angeles, CA – In a world where pre-programmed keyboard patches, stock digital samplers and now AI-generated melodies threaten to dominate the musical landscape, the people have been calling out for a transformational figure who can usher in a new age of truly organic, soulful music. Guitar hero Lance Lopez is ready to answer that call!
A veteran of the Texas blues music scene that birthed not only the great Steve Ray Vaughan but also legendary southern rockers ZZ Top, Lopez has earned numerous accolades over the course of his 20+ year career from the likes of such foundational guitar figures as Jeff Beck, B.B. King and Johnny Winter, and even counts ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons as a mentor. Today, Lopez is ready to unleash his most passionate and visceral album to date, an album that could very well spark the kind of musical revolution we’ve all been waiting for!
Trouble Is Good, set for release July 14, is Lopez’s first new album in over 5 years, and from the very first notes, it’s clear that Lopez has not only been hard at work honing his musical and songwriting chops, he’s also been moving toward a more southern rock sound than on previous outings. Just check out the album’s first single, the jubilant “Jam With Me.”
Based on a fiery, ZZ Top-inspired riff, “Jam With Me” is a classic mid-tempo rocker, with its familiar “let’s get the band together” vibe that takes on enormous significance in light of the quarantine, both physical and spiritual, the world has been under these recent years. The song’s theme of collaboration is embedded in the song’s origins as well, having been written by Lopez’s new songwriting partner and Trouble’s producer Joey Sykes, and featuring a guest performance from superstar drummer Gregg Bissonette.
And don’t miss the accompanying music video for “Jam With Me” where Lopez and his gang of cohorts revel in the simple act of being in the presence of one other and celebrating the magic of a live performance, something that was so easy to take for granted in a pre-pandemic world.
I’m really excited about the new single, ‘Jam With Me.’ Greg Bissonette has been one of my favorite drummers going back to the David Lee Roth days. The song really captures the emotions I was feeling throughout Covid on to the end of lock-down. And during that dark time, we made this incredible album and I’m very proud of every song on it. If you like big guitars and loud rock and roll, welcome to TROUBLE IS GOOD.”
Trouble Is Good will be available on both CD and digital as well as limited edition ORANGE vinyl! Pre-order your copy today!
Lopez is also taking the central theme of “Jam With Me” to heart in an exciting social media campaign. Starting today, Lopez fans can submit a video of themselves performing or interpreting the primary guitar riff from “Jam With Me” to their social media sites with the hashtag #JamWithLance. Lopez will view the entries and select a winner who will win a 30-minute virtual jam session with Lopez himself!
JEFF BECK: “A very exciting and intense Blues guitarist.”
BILLY GIBBONS: “Lance is one of my most favorite guitar players.”
B.B. KING: “Lance Lopez got 3 standing ovations when he opened a show for me and I was among those standing.”
GUITAR MAGAZINE: “Lopez is bone-rattingly powerful.”
VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE: “Lance Lopez is a guitar-slinging blues machine that burns like Texas hot sauce in August.”
1. Easy To Leave
2. Jam With Me
3. Trouble Is Good
4. Uncivil War
5. Wild Country
6. Take A Swing
7. Trying In The Tri Star State
8. Slow Down
10. Voyager: Sunrise, Voyager, I Am Ra