“Jeff Lane turns hillbilly dialect into high English literature. He sees metaphors in everyday things that are all too often take for granted. A wedding ring becomes a a symbol of life’s unexpected turns: hope and happiness, dreams, despair, lessons learned, loss -and in the end, still hope. A steering wheel becomes a metaphor for the brevity of life; the role of chance and of choices; and how swiftly tragedy can strike in the midst of a laugh. Jeff’s songs are deeply connected to nature and the mountains of his native East Tennessee. The images of hills, trees and old country barns permeate his songs. He finds the answers to the deepest philosophical questions in the quiet solitude of the countryside. His songs reflect that peace of mind and tranquility are as simple as enjoying the sunrise, working on the farm, and appreciating the small pleasures in life. Jeff’s lyrics are filled with a common sense of wisdom that is planted firmly in the spirituality of the mountains and mountain folks. There is a deep reverence for these folks and their culture in Jeff’s songs, his lyrics filled with old mountain sayings and remedies. These songs also reveal an unpretentious sense of humor and a sharp eye for irony. Jeff writes about real life in an honest, straightforward manner. He writes about love, love lost, hope, sadness, mortality, nature, home, the road, simple thrills, picking by the campfire, cars, girls, family, dreams… he writes about those little ironies in life, and he writes from the point of view of one who has found that the grass is just as green on this side. His songs lift you up, and they do not hide behind false eyelashes and masquerades. They are happy, they are sad; they are all about what it means to be alive; and in the end, they offer hope to a world that so often seems without hope. As a performer, Jeff is as much a story-teller as he is a songwriter; he is a true performing Singer-Songwriter: he understands the role of a songwriter and the role of a performer. He is a natural performer: his guitar picking is precise, whether soft and subtle, or hard and heavy, always precise. He sings with an air of authority and confidence, yet with a humbleness that endears him to the audience. His command of the stage can turn a loud honky tonk into a listening room with just a few words. And perhaps most importantly, as entertainment is about being entertained, he entertains; he lifts the listener up. And that is what good music is supposed to do: a good performance of a good song is a prescription for the soul. Jeff Lane is a healer.” – Scotty Melton, Singer-Songwriter
“Jeff has the emotions of a bluesman, the energy of a rocker with the heart on lyrics of a life lived full! His music moves me as well as his stage persona. The lyrics are either just flat out entertaining or words of the soul. Doesn’t get any better than that in music.” – J.D. Williams, Bristol, TN
Jeff Lane (full name Jeffrey Allan Lane) – American Singer/Songwriter, b.1971
Born: Kingsport, TN
Genre: Pop/Rock, Country
Styles: Pop/Rock, Alternative Country/Rock, Roots/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative Indie/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Blues, Indie/Rock
Member of – Real Life Heavies, Jeff Lane & Hundred Acres
In 2010, literally from out of nowhere, Alt-Country songwriter Jeff Lane crawled out from under a rock and released a record with a band called Hundred Acres at his very first show. People noticed something very unique and they liked it. For roughly 20 years, music had been a private thing for Jeff Lane, but after literally being pushed into the public as the bank reclaimed his farm during the recession of 2009, something was rekindled in his life, something that connects with any hardworking American who has weathered a storm. After realizing that his only remaining possession (music) wasn’t meant to be kept a secret any longer, Lane reinvented himself by releasing a culmination of music he’d been building behind closed doors for over a decade. Since nobody knew that he was a guitar player or a song writer, he knew the music would have to be more than anyone would have ever expected. From that moment, it began…
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jeffrey Allan Lane, mostly known simply as Jeff Lane grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee, where he began playing guitar fervently at the age of fourteen; fascinated by the invention of the “historic” MTV and the great rock guitar players of that era. From an even younger age, his musical roots were watered by his mother’s collection of records stowed away in an eight foot-long wooden stereo cabinet that he would spend entire weekends exploring. Packed full of greats like Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, The Eagles, Elton John, Jim Croce, Elvis, The Beatles and the Commodores, the old wooden stereo cabinet pretty much sealed his fate as a musician for life. Onward through High School, Jeff’s tastes wandered into harder rock such as AC/DC, Pat Benetar, and REO Speedwagon. After forming a few high school rock bands, life took Jeff out of the public pursuit of his dream. For the next 20 years, he kept his songwriting pursuit private all while picking out the biggest influences in each generation to add to his sound. With a major economical turn of events in 2010, and the loss of Jeff’s business and his farm, an unexpected door opened that started his long-awaited musical journey. That winter collaboration began with Matthew Oakes that would quickly lead to a series of phone calls from guitarist/producer Quentin Horton wanting to record the project known as Hundred Acres. While in the studio, Hundred Acres was officially joined by Horton on lead and slide guitars, as well as guest tracks from fiddle player Kevin Jackson and former Allison Krause & Union Station guitarist Tim Stafford who was touring with Blue Highway as an award-winning guitarist. The result was Jeff’s first record “Where the Buffalo Roam” which he debuted on his 40th birthday in 2011 at his first official gig. Although nervous and clumsy on stage at first, the music brought an energy that grew quickly resulting in a second record exactly one year later called “Feels Good”. At this point, Horton who formerly experienced development in Nashville, suggested that Jeff pursue his next step by experiencing songwriters in other places to find more influence and experience, replicating the journey he had taken years before. For the next few years Lane followed the advice and began playing hundreds of open mics and songwriter rounds within a two hour (100 mile) driving radius so that he could return the same night for work the next day. His soulful and story-telling style of songwriting, along with tasteful guitar work quickly acquired notoriety as someone wanted in “good” rounds, and opened doors further away and into Nashville where he regularly appears at venues such as the world-famous Commodore. With the growth achieved by constant appearances as a songwriter, Lane has become a powerhouse that commands most rooms, bringing audiences to full attention with the sound of his soulful voice of heavily bluesy-style guitar licks on a beaten 1953 Gibson LG-1.
Lane is currently involved in several projects, including work on his next solo album, a second record with his rock and soul-fused band the Real Life Heavies, occasional songwriter tours with friend and fellow singer-songwriter Justin Mychals, and rare appearances with his original band Hundred Acres.
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