Hickory Ridge Concerts will present award winning flat picking master Eric Lambert in concert this Saturday at the Dickson Mounds Museum just outside of Lewistown. Lambert impresses audiences with his original elixir of feel-good Americana infused with bluegrass, blues, rock, and dosed with soul, whether he's performing at crowded festivals or intimate house concerts. Winner of the 2015 Best Entertainer Chicago Music Award, Eric is a world-class flatpicking guitarist, sought-after educator, and outstanding performer.
A well-connected veteran, Eric got his start in music while studying in Macomb at WIU in the early 70s. These days he is an international-touring artist with a career spanning over 40 years. Lambert's authentic, heartfelt style and sound is an upbeat and eclectic blend of music that knows no boundaries. His creative output reflects the diversity of his influences, namely: Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Clarence White, Bill Monroe, Norman Blake, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, The Allman Brothers, and Robert Johnson. But Eric’s music is distinctive, a crowd-pleasing blend of pure American music.
In 2013, Lambert released his critically-acclaimed fourth CD, Maiden Voyage. It captures the energy and raw expression of a live performance, backed up by a high-quality studio recording. “There is more improvisation and freedom in the music,” Eric said. “I like to provide the framework for a song, while leaving room for expression. I love to hear musicians really stretch out and play their instruments.” Lambert's palpable joy, earthy voice, improvisational skills, and precision licks win audiences anew and retain fans, leaving them energized and inspired after a show.
The Hickory Ridge Concert Series is hosted by singer-songwriter Chris Vallillo. Concerts are held the 3rd Saturday of every month and begin at 7:00 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:00 p.m. Coffee, drinks, and a variety of desserts are available during intermission. There is an admission charge of $8.00 per adult and $5.00 for children under 12. The Dickson Mounds Branch of the Illinois State Museum is located between Lewistown and Havana off routes 78 and 97. For more information call 309/547-3721 or TDD 217/782-9175 or go to www.hickoryridgeconcerts.com.