Mambo Sons  is an American guitar-based rock and roll indie trio led by guitarist Tom Guerra and vocalist/bassist Scott Lawson, and rounded out by drummer Joe "the Cat" Lemieux. Taking their name from the old Marc Bolan song "Mambo Sun", the duo created the band as an avenue to write and perform original rock & roll music.
Friends and musical partners-in-crime for over two decades, Guerra and Lawson first met in 1981 and were united by a goal to perform original rock & roll and blues. Said Tom Guerra in a recent interview with Modern Guitars Magazine, "Scott and I have been close friends since our freshman year of college. He was walking through the courtyard one day on campus, and simply followed the music he heard. I was playing (Paul Kossoff) Free's 'I'm a Mover' on my Les Paul Junior through an Ampeg V4 stack, at full volume, considerate person that I was. I had my door open, and when I took a break, he popped his head in the door sideways and said, 'I know that tune!'. Over the years we both had our own groups, but we'd frequently sit in with each other and write together. I knew if I was ever given the chance to do my own thing, that I wanted Scott to sing and co-write, so when that happened in 1999, we already had about 15 songs to choose from."
Since forming in 1999, Mambo Sons have released four full-length CDs in the genre of guitar-based rock and roll. Their self-titled debut album Mambo Sons, released in late 1999, featured guitarist extraordinaire Rick Derringer and legendary bassist Kenny Aaronson. The Mambo Sons album was immediately met with positive reviews, resulting in the formation of the group Mambo Sons by Lawson and Guerra. Mambo Sons second disc "Play Some Rock & Roll!" was released in late 2002 and named top indie release of the year by NYRock magazine, and their 2005 "Racket of Three" was called album of the year in Pattaya Thailand by legendary rock and roll author Mott the Dog.
In March 2009, the band was in the studio finishing up tracks for their fourth album, and lead singer Scotty Mambo (Scott Lawson) accepted an invitation from the Wallace Stegner house in Canada to serve as March 2009 artist-in-residence.
On August 1, 2009, Mambo Sons released a 20-song double album entitled Heavy Days, which will no doubt satisfy their fans and attract legions more. Songs on the two-disc set include "The Early Train," "She Just Wants to Ride," "Overend Watts" (about the legendary Mott the Hoople bassist Peter Watts). and an energetic live cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic Stone Free. Said Modern Guitars Magazine editor Tom Watson "HEAVY DAYS is a summer night kaleidoscope of classic rock. A great listen. Makes me want to visit Mambo Sons live."
In early 2010, the Cleveland, Ohio-based "Rock and Roll Report" said: "Mambo Sons 'Heavy Days' is the best straight out rock and roll album of the year!"
All records have been critically acclaimed as the group currently enjoys considerable cult status in the Northeast United States, if not widespread popularity, as well as a substantial fan base throughout Eastern Europe and Asia.
Website is http://www.MamboSons.com
- Mambo Sons Heavy Days double album (2009)
- Mambo Sons "Racket of Three" (2005)
- Mambo Sons "Play Some Rock & Roll!" (2002)
- Mambo Sons "Mambo Sons" (1999)
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