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Lance Casper’s early self-training on a toy accordion at 9 and on an acoustic Stella guitar at age 11 started him on the road to EIGHT DAYS OF BLUES, the band he fronts today. But it was a long way from Newark where Lance grew up and where, as a late teen, he played lead guitar for the party band, The Elations, and later, the bluesy, underground Hudson Tubes. In his 20s, Lance played lead/rhythm guitar, blues harp and sang back-up for The Eighth Day, an eight-man cover band with horns and a style so distinct that Joey Dee (of Peppermint Twist fame) took them under his wing and set them up with producer John Lombardo to record with Polydor.

His Uncle Domenick, a professional jazz guitarist, was a major influence on young Lance. He introduced Lance to classical and jazz virtuosos such as Andres Segovia and Nat Cole. Rocco De Vito, the neighborhood guitar instructor, took a liking to Lance because he was a good student and got him singing and playing at age 11 at neighborhood parties in Stephen Crane Village. Later, Blues greats such as Paul Butterfield, Michael Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop, Albert King, Bonnie Raitt, BB King, John Hammond all had an immense effect on Lance’s passion for the guitar and his playing style.

Today, Lance " The Rockin’ Bluesman " plays lead/rhythm/slide guitar and blues harp, and sings lead and back-up vocals for , New Jersey’s rockin’ blues band. His goal is to play ~ to get out there and perform ~ and to teach others how to have fun playing the blues or whatever style of music they love.

Lance was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in February 2013 as a New Jersey Great Blues Artist.

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