Jimmy D. Lane
Written by DeepJams on July 9, 2015
Iconic Blues Guitarist: Jimmy D. Lane
At the age of 49, Jimmy D. Lane has already led a quite full musical life. Born July 4th, 1965 in Chicago, he grew up in a household where he became acquainted with an assortment of blues men. From Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Mabon, to Little Walter and Albert King, they would all stop by the house to visit his old man, the legendary Jimmy Rogers. Living in this environment led him to have the up most respect for elder statesmen of the blues. At the age of eight, he began playing his dad’s guitar until John Wayne gave him his very own acoustic guitar.
In 1983, Jimmy had a life changing experience. He listened to “Hey Joe” like he had never heard it before and that sent him and his last 59 dollars to a pawnshop where he 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. By 1987 Lane was good and was the 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. He toured extensively with his dad’s band while juggling his own solo career.
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 put his recording career into high gear. He met producer John Koenig and head of Acoustic Sounds, Chad Kassem. They got together and Jimmy recorded Long Gone for Analogue Productions in 1995, at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles, which was released in 1997. His second recording, Long Gone, showcases Jimmy’s guitar virtuosity. Lane can stretch out as his own but is equally at home in a support mode as can be heard by comparing his playing on Long Gone to Bluebird. Lanes plays on co-produced Hubert Sumlin’s I Know You.
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 third release, but changed it to Legacy in honor of his father’s memory and the rich blues heritage he grew up with. He released music in 2008 and 2012, and today Jimmy D. Lane continues touring and performing nationally and internationally. Lane is on tour for the year of 2015, making his way through California. Luckily if you can’t make it to one of his shows, Deep Jams Radio provides a live stream of Jimmy’s blues music as well as other great Blues and Rock tunes. Tune into DeepJams.net Radio today!
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