Lance Lopez is a name that often comes up when discussing the greatest blues guitar players in the world. Mentored by ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, blues legend Johnny Winter, and Jimi Hendrix drummer Buddy Miles, Lance has an old soul and blues in his blood. He’s been a professional musician since the tender age of just 14 years old, being a member of Johnnie Taylor’s band as well as a member of the Buddy Miles Express. He has opened shows for icons like BB King, Steve Vai, and Jeff Beck, and played with greats like Eric Gales, Walter Trout, Warren Haynes, and dozens more. Lance has a new record out called Trouble Is Good on Cleopatra Records, and it features guests like Brian Tichy, Gregg Bissonette, and a bunch more.
In this interview, Lance talks about his latest album, Trouble Is Good, in vivid detail. He talks about his desire to craft strong song structures, the challenges and silver linings of the COVID lockdown, the talented musicians he surrounds himself with, his sobriety, and his love of a good Chicago beef sandwich.
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Hello everyone! My name is Scott Itter, but some know me as Dr. Music. I am a music journalist and photographer out of the Chicagoland area, and I have been in practice for over 20 years. I grew up in the 70’s with two big brothers that showed me all kinds of rock and roll. As I grew older I ventured out into different genres like jazz, funk, folk, and whatever else I could wrap my ears around. As I read every liner note and every Circus and Hit Parader like they were the Old and New Testament, I came to realize that I just love sound and appreciate all the people that create it.
I later became a stay-at-home dad and started honing my writing and photography skills to keep my mind from turning into mashed peas. My kids are now adults, my mind is only slightly mushy, and I am thrilled to have the honor of presenting my work to you!