The Life and Times Of

The Life and Times Of

 New York City, New York, USA
BandRockAlternative

Soul on the Rocks with a Bluesy aftertaste - The Life and Times Of's sound lies somewhere between Otis Redding and Jack White. Biting honesty and fearless passion are what people hear and see... and why they keep coming back.

Biography

For true lover’s of music, the power of the whole thing hits us all at different times in our lives. For singer/songwriter Cedric Lamar it was while touring around the country as an actor that he discovered his deep passion an unknown talent for songwriting, and decided to plant his roots down in NYC and see how far this new path could take him. As a self-taught singer and guitarist, he would often sit in his room trying to capture the sound that was in his head. Although reminiscent of many different styles, the songs don’t seem to fit into the box of any one genre. The sound is big and intimate, dirty and sweet, and possibly best described as “Soul on the Rocks, with a Bluesy aftertaste”. The lyrics were born from love and lust, hope and pain, and curiosity of the thoughts and feelings we have in common that at times make us remember that we’re not alone.

After earning a spot as a Finalist in the 2008 Williamsburg Live Singer Songwriter Competition, Cedric decided it was finally time to start a band. He needed to find musicians that not only had that talent to bring these beasts to life, but could also embody the passion and soul that the songs were written with. They needed to pull off the feat of playing songs that could exist in both your living room and an arena at the same time. While working at Little Maestro’s, a mommy-and-me children’s music place in the city, Cedric met drummer Brad Meehan. Even in the environment of toddlers, there was an immediate mutual appreciation for each other personally and professionally. Brad had a undeniable feel for Cedric’s rhythmic approach to songs which only got deeper and more in sync once they started rehearsing original material. After watching bassist Lavondo Thomas play a set with a mutual friend’s band, Cedric knew that he must have him to round out the sound and energy he was trying to create. Lavondo’s ability to lay down the deepest groove you can imagine and wear a sly smile while doing it is a large part of the band’s charm. They find a way to be great storytellers, talented musicians, and natural entertainers all at the same time.

The band’s first album, “Gallows and Glory”, was mostly funded by their amazing fan base who turn out in droves to every show and sing along from the bottom of their hearts. “My Song” in particular is one that will turn every head in the building and suddenly fill up the dance floor with people that need to move to this soulfully crafted anthem. “The City” is an ode to the Big Apple that as Cedric says, “we love to hate, and love to love”. “These Sad Eyes” is a beautiful reminder that even in our hardest times, we still possess the love and courage to turn it all around.

The band is planning on going back into the studio this year to record their 2nd album, “Kingdoms and Tall Grass”. The songs, the spirit, and the band just keep getting better, so make sure you put The Life & Times Of on your list of bands to watch. This is just the beginning...

Here's what the online music magazine 'Knocks From the Underground' had to say about 'The Life and Times Of': "Rooted in hard rock with a heavy dose of soul and R&B, The Life and Times Of multiply the energy level of a typical Brooklyn show by 800. With singer Cedric Lamar, who can wail like Motown and jam like classic rock, backed up by a stellar bass player, squealin’ guitarist and steady drummer, no one is sittin’ still. Especially not the band, whose members contagiously gyrate and jump for the entire set. Their songs weave in and out of melancholy blues, hoppin’ twang and hard rock breakdowns, all featuring poetic, thoughtful lyrics. Be sure to have some whiskey on hand; this band goes well with liquor.

Lyrics

My Song

Written By: Cedric Lamar

Lord, let me sing tonight
And get this off my chest
I got soul, soul, soul, soul
But I need some peace and... rest

My Song is all I got
No cent left to my name
But if I sing my song out loud
I'll die a wealthy man

If you let me sing my song
I promise I'll be good
I'll put those bad things in my past
And do just like I should

My Song is all I got
It's rock, blues, jazz, and hip-hop
I take a deep breath
and I know I'm alive
Sticks and stones
may break my bones
But they can't touch My Song

The sun in all his glory
May take away his beams
The monsters in my bed at night
May take away my dreams

Before I knew what love was
Before I played the game
After all is said and done
After I changed my name

I've loved, I've lied,
I've laughed, and I've cried
And I'll learn you what I know
That if the song in your heart
Beats loud and proud
You are not alone

My Song is all I got
It's rock, blues, jazz, and hip-hop
I take a deep breath
And I know I'm alive
Sticks and stones
May break my bones
But they can't touch my song

There's a big, red barn
In the middle of Harlem (repeat 2x)

There's a big red barn
In the middle of Harlem
With a big red rooster
Callin' and callin' (repeat 4x)

And I say, "Hey, Mr. Rooster Man,
do your thing,
Cause the world won't spin,
And the moon won't fall,
And the sun won't rise
If you don't sing."

My Song is all I got
It's rock, blues, jazz, and hip-hop
I take a deep breath
And I know I'm alive
Stick and stones
May break my bones
But they can't touch My Song

Lord let me sing tonight
And get this off my chest
I got soul, soul, soul, soul, soul,
But I need some peace and rest

I got soul, soul, soul, soul, soul,
But I need some peace and rest

I got soul, soul, soul, soul, soul, soul, soul, soul, soul ,soul, soul, soul, soul

But I need some peace and... rest

Who Really Knows

Written By: Cedric Lamar

Take a deep breath
Let it go
Can this be it?
Who really knows?

There was a time when I was alone
Afraid of the dark and wishing for home
Went searching for peace, came back with a war
There are some signs you just can't ignore

Who, who, who, who, who, who, who
Who really knows

There was a time when I was in love
Hell was below and heaven above
But then one day it all came to an end
Autumn had passed, it was winter again

Who, who, who, who, who, who, who
Who really knows?

So all you good little girls and bad little boys
With dreams of the future, play with your toys
Let innocence be your guide
Some like to seek, you may wanna hide
But ready or not, here I come
I'm gonna live while I'm living, and die when I'm done
So take a deep breath and just let go
Can this be it? Who really knows?

There will be times when I lose my faith
Miracle after miracle, day after day
I got a question, a question that burns
There is an answer that takes time to learn

Who, who, who, who, who, who, who
Who really knows?

Who really knows?
Who really knows?
Who really knows?

Breakdown

Written By: Cedric Lamar and The Life & Times Of

What a beautiful day

Get up! Get up! Get up!
Get up! Get up! Get up!

There's a ghost living in my brain
He steals my love, but shares my pain
And warns me of things yet to come

From a dead sleep, I screamed out loud
I feel it coming, but I don't know how
Dawn is breaking, you can hear the drums

Get up! Get up! Get up! Get up!

What a beautiful day... for a breakdown
I should've seen it coming from a mile away
a breakdown

Crack my knuckles as I see the sun
Put my hood up, I'm the only one
That sees blue skies for gray

Crack a window open feel the breeze
My heart is heavy and I'm down on my knees
I'm not really one to hope and pray

Get up! Get up! Get up! Get up!

What a beautiful day... for a breakdown
I should've seen it coming from a mile away
A breakdown

(guitar solo)

What a beautiful day... for a breakdown
I should've seen it coming from a mile away
A breakdown (get up! get up! get up!)

Discography

Album: Gallows and Glory

Songs: Sinner Saint, The City, These Sad Eyes, Gotta Get Over You, Inside Wants Out, My Song, If I'm So Smart

Set List

1,2, or 3 45 min. sets with originals(90%) and covers(10%).

Originals : Might Be Real, Dream in Color, The No Money Blues, Dirty Mind, Song 4 Beginners, Inside Wants Out, Lost in the Mail, Dirty Rock 'n' Roll, Jazz Got the Blues, SinnerSaint, No One Said, My Song, If I'm So Smart, Gotta Get Over You, These Sad Eyes, The City, Who Really Knows, Breakdown, Sorry,

Covers: Don't Think Twice Cause It's Alright, Use Me Up, Seven Nation Army, Sexual Healing, 60 Feet Tall