FORT LORAMIE — Country Concert 2017 begins July 6 and takes place July 6, 7 and 8. The three-day concert always brings an abundance of country talent, and this year is no different.
Chris Lane, is a singer/songwriter, who was nominated this year for Best New Country Artist as well as ACM’s New Male Vocalist, will be performing on both the main stage and the saloon stage on July 8.
“I actually have been to this same festival before, but I only played on the little side stage over there in the shed or barn. I had a great time. This year I am playing the main stage earlier in the day and then I’m going to play that stage (Saloon) again at night, which I am very excited about. I had a great time the first time I played there and the crowd was rowdy and that’s what you want when you’re on stage,” said Lane.
Lane finds fulfillment when looking out into the crowd and seeing people singing his songs.
“Blown away. I can’t believe that. It’s a feeling that you don’t ever want to stop. But it’s also rewarding in a way that you try to write the best songs that you can write and to see people take to them and sing the lyrics is always such a cool moment,” said Lane.
Lane’s hit songs include, “Fix,” “For Her”and “Girl Problems,” and they all have been getting a lot of radio time.
“I guess I never realized, I never thought I could get a song on the radio, and then all these other cool things kind of followed along behind that,” said Lane.
Lane’s first love was sports. The athletic standout grew up in Kernersville, North Carolina, with his twin brother, Cory.
“I grew up playing football, baseball and basketball,” said Lane.
Unfortunately, he suffered two Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries, and that ended his dream of becoming a professional athlete.
“Looking back now, I was really bummed out, but I’m very thankful and glad that that actually happened because it kind of led me to this path with the whole music,” said Lane. “I was right at the tail end of college. I had been to several Keith Urban concerts and that’s what inspired me to kind of want to learn how to play the guitar and I kind of worked as hard as I could from there. I started learning how to play and once I got good enough at that I started trying to figure out how to sing and play at the same time. Never knowing that it was going to lead to all of this. I’m a firm believer that if you work hard enough at something, you never know what’s going to happen,” said Lane.
His twin brother, Cory, who plays the drums in his band, taught himself how to play drums as well.
“Cory plays the drums. Once I got good enough with the guitar and could sing he said I’m going to try to figure out how to play the drums. He kind of sat down and worked hard at that and got good enough at it that he could play with me, and then we started a cover band there in North Carolina and picked up a few other guys along the way, and worked really hard and played as many shows as we could and kind of worked on our craft, I guess you could say, and it kind of happened from there,” said Lane.
Lane and his brother played in a cover band for eight years.
Lane moved to Nashville, and became friends with the guys from Florida Georgia Line. He is currently on tour with them until October.
“I love those guys. They were some of my early friends when I moved to town. They took me under their wings and kind of helped me out and took me out on tours when I had no music out,” said Lane. “And here I am now with a couple of songs on the radio and a full record out. It’s a little bit different this time out, but I’m very thankful and grateful to those guys because they have helped me out like crazy.”
Lane loves all music, and has listened to all genres of music his entire life.
“I was (listening to) all genres for sure. I mean country music was where my heart was, what I truly loved, but I literally listened to everything. And I feel like that’s how most of the guys coming up in country music were the same exact way. I feel like that’s how the majority of country music fans that come out to these shows they listen to everything. But they love some country music,” said Lane.
Lane’s current album, “Girl Problems” features a lot of songs involving girls. However, he wasn’t going through girl problems when he named his album.
“It made sense to call it that. I looked at a lot of the song titles and one of the songs was called “Girl Problems” and I thought it would probably make for some good little interviews if I called it that as well, because I knew some of the questions I would get off of that. It seemed very fitting for the record, as I looked down at the song, I saw where every single song was about some girl problem whether it’s good or bad kind of thing,” said Lane.
The good looking Lane, 32, is actually single.
“I’ve just been so concentrated on my career and getting it off the ground that I haven’t put a whole lot of effort into more or less finding somebody to spend my time with. But it will happen sooner or later,” he said.
When he gets back home to Nashville and has a day to himself, he can be found on the golf course.
“When I am kind of off the road and not doing anything, one of my favorite things to do is play golf. I’m obsessed with golf. I’m not bad by any means. I wish I was a lot better but I could also be way worse. I would consider myself to be a decent golfer,” said Lane. “I really picked it up four years ago. That’s when I started playing a lot more. I lived on a golf course as a kid but I grew up playing football, baseball and basketball, that’s all I did during those seasons so I never really played golf growing up. Now I’m making up for it. I go out there around 3:30 or 4 p.m. in the afternoon and I play until it’s pitch black and I can’t physically see my ball anymore. It’s so peaceful out there, I love it. It gives me room to breathe and think,” said Lane.
One of Lane’s favorite things about being a country music star is seeing the crowd at his concerts.
“The fulfillment and joy that you get playing live shows … I love recording, I love writing, but where I feel most at home is onstage. It’s so gratifying and just to see people show up night after night and they’re spending their hard-earned money to be at your show and know all the words, it’s just the coolest thing ever,” said Lane.
Lane believes in hard work paying off.
“You know, Garth Brooks recently said you can get anywhere you want to in this life with how well you treat people and with how hard you work. I find that to be true and I do that, every single day. But hard work gets you a long way, there’s no doubt,” said Lane.
When asked if there was anyone he’d like to meet, Lane said he’d love to meet Cam Newton or Luke Kuechly.
“I’m a die-hard Carolina Panthers fan,” said Lane. “Or Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, those two from golf.”
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