Ernie Lawrence plays acoustic guitar and sings folk music influenced by blues, jazz, old country and spirituals. Starting back in the 1970’s, Ernie played rock music in bands, and folk music in coffeehouses, during that heady decade. However, the responsibilities of being a husband, father, and schoolteacher took him away from all that. Back in 2007, all that changed once more, as Ernie started to play shows again. Since then, he has performed solo–and as a duo with his son Andrew–in nearly one thousand concerts, festivals, restaurants, clubs and coffeehouses around western New York, including opening for national acts in Buffalo, Rochester and the Southern Tier.
“Without feeling forced, Ernie Lawrence chooses the perfect words in his songwriting. His rich use of language gives a timeless feeling to his songs. But, it is the thoughtful honesty of his voice that brings them to life.”–Scott Regan, host of the “Open Tunings” radio show on WRUR
“Ernie Lawrence plays the blues the way I like it: without an ounce of pretense. He is his own man, comfortable in his own skin, a rock solid picker who is respectful and knowledgeable about tradition, giving it a fresh spin with his original songwriting.”--Pat Wictor, national folk/blues artist