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Stranger in My House

by Cyril Lance

A fiery blend of blues, New Orleans funk, and southern rock with influences of latin and jazz -- American roots music at its best. "...has the energy and fervor of a sold out concert..."
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Want the Real Thing
5:30 $0.99
2. I Went Down
6:53 $0.99
3. Just Not Ready
6:38 $0.99
4. Hot Tamale Baby
6:15 $0.99
5. Stranger in My House
6:21 $0.99
6. Same Thing
5:17 $0.99
7. Light of this World
4:48 $0.99
8. When I first Met You
5:05 $0.99
9. Catfish Pie
4:22 $0.99
10. Remembering Jon
7:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Lance has masterminded one of the best contemporary blues albums of the year. His virtuosity on the guitar and lapsteel is undeniable, and his songwriting makes him an instant item in bluesville."
- Billboard Magazine

"One of life's little pleasures is listening to an album and being blown away on the first spin... Lance wades into swampy blues-rock that sizzles and smokes with astounding professionalism and passion."
- Blues Revue Magazine

Cyril Lance first heard Muddy Waters as a kid growing up in Honolulu, Hawai'i - an event set him on the path directly to his latest recording "Stranger in My House" 25 years later. Cyril has played guitar professionally in many different genres soaking up the vibes of rock, blues, jazz, reggae, latin jazz, folk, celtic. But since that first time hearing Muddy, the intensity of the blues has always stuck with him and been his anchor.

Cyril has played all over the country and in Europe most recently finishing a three-year stint with zydeco blues harmonic player Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos in the late '90s. A child of the 60's and 70's, he fell in love with the great jamming bands: Allman Brothers, Traffic, Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana... His musical journey led him to explore jazz and art-music and he studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts while playing in the northeast in the '80s.

In the mid-'90s, Cyril moved down to the piedmont of North Carolina, an area rich in the tradition of blues and American roots music. There he reconnected with his love of this music and started incorporating it into his writing and touring as well as honing his skills on slide guitar and lapsteel.

Stranger In My House, his latest album, incorporates all these diverse influences and combines it with honest, thoughtful writing and intense, spontaneous recordings that capture the soul and intensity of blues, R&B, swing, acid-rock, new orleans funk, latin jazz. This album features the incredible singing of Grammy-nominee Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes), jamming Hammond B3 and piano playing by Matt Jenson (Ronnie Earle, Johnny Adams, Mighty Sam McClain), and Cyril's road-mates Chris Carroll and Kelly Pace playing bass and drums - one of the finest rhythm sections in the south (Bob Margolin, Skeeter Brandon, Paul Osher, Pinetop Perkins, Rev. Billy C. Wurtz, Detroit Jr...).

This album rocks, it cries, it grooves, and it moves. If you're into Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf; if you're into Otis Redding, Ray Charles; if you're into the Allman Brothers, Carlos Santana, Johnny Winter, Little Feat; if you're into Danny Gatton, Jimmy Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn - then get this album now and turn it up!



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D. Perillo

After receiving the CD (I had listened to tracks online), I absolutely LOVE IT!! This CD epitomizes what Rockin' Blues is all about. I also had the opportunity to see Cyril & the band at Blue Bayou Club on Friday, 7/25. He & his band are even better LIVE!! But I truly cannot say enough good things about the CD.. BUY IT, If you love BLUES, you'll Love this CD!

mike gibson

this is the way blues should be heading
i'm a music fanatic from way back and have just lately been introduced to the new blues scene. i'm lucky to have a local blues radio show 1 night a week. i heard hot tamale baby and couldnt wait to find a copy. this cd excedded all my expectations. i cant tell enough music fans/friends about it. i love it from front to back and look forward to seeing cyril live as soon as he comes to nc. the fusion of great guitar hooks and keys is as fresh as anything i've heard in 2 years. dont waste time. buy this cd and enjoy.

David Streitfeld

No joke: this is one of the best blues CDs I've heard in years. After several weeks, I still can't stop playing it...

Heart and Soul sharing a bottle with the Blues....
This seems like a "one shot" album. It's as if somebody in charge told Cyril Lance he had one album, one shot, to show all of his strongest influence and greatest strengths. Cyril was certainly up to the challenge, assembling a excellent band lead by the incomparable talents of Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers, Blue Floyd). Cyril and his band manage nicely to create a sonic fury required for driving blues-rockers like "I Want the Real Thing" and "Hot Tamale Baby" and still exercise the reserve required for the more intimate moments like the title track "Stranger In My House" and the beautiful instrumental "Remembering Jon" honoring Cyril's late brother (the album is dedicated to the memory of both his brother and father). This album is steeped in blues. In addition to the cover of Reverend Gary Davis' "Light of the World", complete with a quite enjoyable Zydeco-esque arrangement, Cyril and the band give us their take on Willie Dixon's "Same Thing" which although worn out by practically everybody still sounds fresh under the careful supervision of Lance. If that weren't enough to satisfy your "blues tooth" the track "Just Not Ready" features a slide intro that turned the ground under my feet into mud right before my eyes.
This is my first suggestion for a Handy Award this year, and the best advise I can give you on the next CD you should


Classic jam blues!!!
I sit here listening to the CD version of Hot Tamale Baby. As fantastic as it is, it does not compare to hearing it live (Jack of the Wood, Asheville NC, 11/17/2007). Without the usual studio constraints, Cyril opens up and lets it wail. So why buy the CD if he is so much better live? 'Cause he ain't in my living room 24/7!!!

Kjartan Albrigtsen

Turn up the volume for great blues
I purchased the CD at CD Baby, and from the samples on the web, I really looked forward to receive the CD. It did not disappoint me at all.

Imagine this scenario: You are at a club with your buddys, hanging out for a couple of beers. The chat between you and your friends is loud. The nights artists goes on stage, and you wonder if you should go someplace else, where you can talk in peace and quite. After Cyril Lance pulls off "It's a stranger in my house", you decide not to leave, but to do the talking some other day....

This CD really requires to be played loud.

Thomas Davis

Great music for the rockin blues man!
I picked up this CD at a show they did at the Temple Ball Gallery in Chapel Hill. It is a fine CD from first to last. My favorite song by far is #2 "I Went Down" and my wifes is #8 "When I first Met You". You will not be disapointed. It is a great CD! This is the first review I ever wrote, so let that tell you how highly I think of it.


What a Ride.....
Cyril Lance's "Stranger in my house" is a roller coaster ride not to be missed. The rush, without the upset stomach. FANtastic C.D.

James C. Ritchie III

this album is a great example of what a very good blues band can sound like. All members ride the groove of Cyril's fantastic guitar playing. Having seen these guys in concert and not knowing what to expect I was greatly suprised and look forward to seing them live again.


I wish major-label blues releases all sounded like this! Fantastic band, tasteful production, and a set of wonderful songs about the real things people do...This stuff is straight from the well...
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