Most of the gigs around Florida in the mid-to-late sixties were
teen dances or frat parties. My band, The Enemies, was still a little
too young for the clubs but we were able to stay busy thanks to
some local T.V. appearances.
17, I went to Nashville to attend college at David Lipscomb, but
dropped out after about a year to play music full-time and at 19,
I got married.
After returning to Florida, I met Bob Greenlee and Foster McKenzie
III (AKA: "Root Boy Slim"). Bob and I started a band called
The Lake Joanna Band with Tommy Ruger, Winston Kelly and Walt Andrews.
We played in Daytona Beach quite a bit and "Slim" would
sit in with us when he was in town. Out of this was born Root Boy
Slim and The Sex Change Band with The Rootettes. We cut a 16 track
demo in Silver Spring, MD, that got a great deal of play on WHFS
in Bethesda, MD which served the DC metro area.
Well, the demo was voted, by listeners, the #3 Album of the Year.
One of the DJs, Josh Brooks, took a copy to his college pals Donald
Fagen and Walter Becker and they dug it and took it to Steely Dan
producer Gary Katz. It took him "two listens" to dig it,
but he was helpless to resist, so he got us a deal with Warner Bros.
Records and produced our first album.
We went from there to I.R.S./Illegal Records (Distributed by A&M),
had a "PICK HIT OF THE WEEK" in the U.K., with the tune
"DARE TO BE FAT", a 40 date tour of England, Scotland
and Wales with lan Dury & The Blockheads, & Saturday Night
Live Movie "Mr. Mike's Mondo Video", and two of our six
"Root Boy" albums were "RECORDINGS OF SPECIAL MERIT"
in STEREO REVIEW magazine. Even as all this stuff was going on we
wanted to get back to our roots.
Fortunately, Bob Greenlee was able to build a studio in Sanford,
FL (Kingsnake) where we could cut all kinds of stuff with some of
the great blues and jazz artists whose names you'll find in my discography.
also cut my first "solo" album, Ernestly, (featuring Lucky
Peterson). It's an instrumental blues and jazz album that continues
to receive airplay world-wide.
I served as Lucky 's bandleader for about a year and toured all
over the U.S. and Europe again, but now I'm back in Florida with
my own brand-new band, "The Atomic Blues Quartet".
it comes to scorching blues Lancaster can ignite a six string with
the best of them"
- Miami Rag
"Ernie Lancaster is a shit hot guitarist who could give any
currently rated fretboard artist a run for his money."
- MARK WILLIAMS, Melody Maker, London, England
"On "Bad Feeling" (LUCKY PETERSON, Lucky Strikes,
Alligator Records) Lancaster proves he truly has twenty-five fingers."
- Miami Herald
"Do you like rockin' blues ? Do you like
funky jazz? Well throw them together and you're sure to love the
new Ernie Lancaster album featuring Lucky Peterson.
Ernie Lancaster is on albums by Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Alex
Taylor, Rufus Thomas, Razzy Bailey, Noble 'ThinMan' Walls, and many,
many more. Now It's his turn to pour on the blues power.
Joining Ernie is keyboard sensation Lucky Peterson. Lucky is a fellow
Kingsnake session player, as well as solo artist on Alligator Records.
His mastery of the Hammond B-3 is a perfect counterpoint to Ernie
Lancaster's steaming guitar.
From ballads like 'Ernestly' to the uptown jazz funk of Ivory Towers',
these songs take you all over the musical map. Ernie gets down in
all styles, pulling that extra feeling into every bend."
- BOB GREENLEE on 'Ernestly', Kingsnake Records of Sanford,
"Lancaster shows off formidable chops across a variety of
"Steve Vai and Joe Satriani may have put out flashier guitar
albums, but when it comes to funkiness and feeling, they can't match
- PARRY GETTLEMAN, Orlando Sentinel