Then his life really became busy.
Lancaster wrote songs and played guitar on more than 40 albums as a session musician for
Lancaster, 60, died at his home in
"He could take a blues song and make it electrified," said
Lancaster's wife, Gael, said her husband received his first guitar at age 11 and taught himself to play.
"He was born with a great talent," Gael said. "He was involved in everything. When our son, Ethan, was in
He and Gael were high-school sweethearts. When she graduated from Mount Dora Bible in 1972, he gave her an engagement ring. One year later, they were married and celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary shortly before his death.
"He mentioned to me several times about how great it was to play with James Brown," Galloway said. "He talked about what an impact it was on his life.
Lancaster was a founding member of the
"Ernie was one of the most creative guys I ever had the pleasure of working with," said
Lancaster seldom sang on records, preferring to let the music speak through his guitar, his wife said.
"I loved listening to him 'noodling,' which is what he called it when he was just sitting around playing his guitar," Gael said. "He never would sing, but he could sing. He had perfect pitch. I think he was a little bashful. He was more comfortable standing to the side playing his guitar."
In addition to Gael and Ethan, Lancaster is survived by a daughter-in-law, Kera, and grandson, Evan.
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