16 year old Ethan Lake hopes through his music to introduce blues music more widely to his generation. As referenced in an August 2018 American Blues Scene feature story, Ethan is creating a fresh take on old blues by adding his exceptional guitar improvisation and powerful vocal stylings to traditional blues standards. His talent has captured the attention of many nationally and internationally recognized artists including Rachel Ann Morgan of the Ron Holloway Band, Memphis based Robert Allen Parker, guitarist Mick Mars of Motley Crue and Grammy Award Winner David Evans also of Memphis.
Ethan’s passion for blues took shape at the age of 12, shortly after he received a Squire Stratocaster for his birthday. Within a matter of weeks he started improvising guitar solos to 'Wild Thing' during his music school's monthly jam session. He joined his first band just a year later at age 13, and has since developed himself into a local crowd favorite at several local music venues with his rhythmic and creative guitar improvisation on classic songs such as 'Thrill is Gone', 'Bright Lights', and 'Stormy Monday' among many others. Ethan's musical influences range from Robert Johnson to Robert Petway to Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughn among others.
Ethan will be performing a 30 minute set at the 2019 Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase taking place in Memphis, TN. Ethan is honored to have been selected to represent the Baltimore Blues Society at the weeklong event.