Jimmy D. Lane
At the age of eight, Jimmy began playing his dad's guitar,
which he wasn't supposed to do. "I would break a string and put it back
in the case like he wasn't going to discover it," Lane recalls. Shortly
after that, Lane received a Gibson Acoustic from John Wayne. The Duke gave it
to Shakey Jake, who was Wayne's driver, to give to Lane. "I would try to
play along to a Bobby Blue Bland album" Lane states. He also wanted to
join in with his dad and all those old cats that stopped by to "drink,
tell lies and jam." Lane, however, would not get serious on the guitar
until much later. Lane got discouraged from playing after the Gibson got smashed,
and didn't play for a while.
In the early '80s at the age of seventeen, Lane did a stint
in the 101st Airborne Division, the "Screaming Eagles." Upon returning
home in 1983, he had a life changing experience. He was lying on the bed with
his headset on, trying to figure out what to do with his life, and the song,
"Hey Joe" (the Hendrix version) came on the radio and he heard the
song like he had never heard it before". At that instant, Jimmy knew exactly
what to do. He took his last $59 to a pawnshop, bought a Harmony guitar and
learned "Hey Joe" by ear. For the next four years he worked construction
and roofing jobs, but would spend every other waking moment playing guitar.
He would play along to blues as well as AC/DC and Journey records.
By 1987 Lane was good. He became lead guitarist of the Jimmy
Rogers Band as well as forming his own band, Jimmy D. Lane and The Hurricanes
and later Blue Train Running. Lane toured extensively with his dad's band while
juggling his own solo career. In 1993, The Jimmy Rogers Band toured Europe,
where they made a stop to perform at the BBC. In '94 they performed at the W.
C. Handy Awards and in '95 they appeared on the Conan O'Brien show, as well
as the Chicago Blues Festival.
Jimmy made his solo recording debut in 1995. The self titled
disc on Blue Seal Records features 12 fine originals and one of his dad's tunes.
In 1993, however, he would meet the people who would put his recording career
into high gear. During the sessions for Bluebird for Analogue Productions, with
the Jimmy Rogers Band, he met Producer John Koenig and head of Acoustic Sounds,
Chad Kassem. Koenig saw the Jimmy D. Lane band at B. B. King's Club in Universal
City and was floored. Koenig and Kassem got together and Jimmy recorded "Long
Gone" for Analogue Productions in 1995, at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles,
which was released in 1997.
"Long Gone" showcases Jimmy’s guitar virtuosity
on originals like "Whiskey," "Oh What A Feeling" and the
title cut. The Hendrix / Vaughn influence can be heard in his searing guitar
solos but listen and you will hear his feet are firmly rooted in the blues.
His versions of John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" and Jimmy Rogers "I'm
in Love" show his deep love for, and respect of blue tradition.
Lane can stretch out on his own, but is equally at home in
a support mode as can be heard by comparing his playing on "Long Gone"
to "Bluebird". Lane plays on and co-produced Hubert Sumlin's "I
Know You", also on Analogue Productions, where as he states "You can
hear Hubert's guitar, not some guy with his amp cranked up." In fact, it
was Hubert Sumlin who gave Jimmy his first Strat in 1986.
Off stage, Lane's positive outlook on life is reflected in
one of his favorite phrases "It's all good." This was originally the
title of his second release, but changed it to "Legacy" in honor of
his father's memory and the rich blues heritage he grew up with. "Legacy",
released in May '98, features guest appearances of blues greats Sam Lay on drums,
Carey Bell on harp and Sumlin on guitar. It also features the last recordings
of Jimmy Rogers, who played on "One Room Country Shack" and "Another
Mule Kickin' In My Stall." Jimmy is proud of all his work with his dad,
but this one touches him deeply. "I take great pride in the fact that the
last time my dad picked up a guitar was to help me out on my project."
Lane's music is on the rocking side, but is tempered with just
the right amount of blues tradition. As Lane states. "You can have too
much water and too much fire, but with the right amount of both, you can boil
an egg." Jimi Hendrix may have moved him to buy a guitar, but Hendrix is
just one influence. Lane is a passionate blues singer, songwriter and guitarist
with a deep respect for "all those old cats who were there". Listen
to Lane and know - It's All Good.
Since 1989 to the present lane has his own power trio, Blue
Eart. Jimmy D. Lane is lead vocal and plays guitar, Shawn Kail plays bass and
Keith McGhee is drummer. His latest release, "It's Time" on APO Records
is made with Double Truoble (Chris Layton & Tommy Shannon) and Mike Finnigan.
Jimmy D. Lane with Double Trouble - It's Time |
Jimmy D. Lane - Legacy
Jimmy D. Lane - Long Gone
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