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  1. 1. Jimmy D. Lane Biography "Son of the Blues" At the age of 46, Jimmy D. Lane has already led quite a full life. Themusicians he knows makes for an impressive resume. He has worked withEric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Jim Keltner, Keith Richards, B.B. King, VanMorrison, Jonny Lang, Gary Moore, Double Trouble, Taj Mahal, StephenStilles, Jeff Healy, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Lowell Fulson, and Snooky Pryor,Kim Wilson, Pinetop Perkins, Johnny ‘Big Moose’ Walker, Johnnie Johnson,Kim Wilson, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Harry Hypolite, George ‘Wild Child’Butler, David ‘HoneyBoy’ Edwards, Weepin’ Willie Robinson, Little Hatch,Nancy Bryan, Willie Kent, Henry Gray, Lazy Lester and Eomot RaSun. He hasalso worked with venerable blues greats such as Sam Lay, Hubert Sumlin,Carey Bell, Dave Meyers and his father, the legendary Jimmy Rogers. Born July 4th, 1965 in Chicago, he grew up in a household where hebecame acquainted with a veritable whos who of Chicago bluesmen. MuddyWaters, Howlin Wolf, Willie Mabon, Little Walter and Albert King, to name afew, would all stop by the house to visit the "old man." Coming from thisenvironment has instilled in Lane the deepest respect for elder statesmen ofthe blues. "I feel blessed and fortunate, to have known all those cats, and Ido not take it for granted." At the age of eight, he began playing his dads guitar, which he wasntsupposed to do. "I would break a string and put it back in the case like hewasnt going to discover it," Lane recalls. Shortly after that, Lane received aGibson Acoustic from John Wayne. The Duke gave it to Shakey Jake, who wasWaynes driver, to give to Lane. "I would try to play along to a Bobby BlueBland album" Lane states. He also wanted to join in with his dad and all thoseold cats that stopped by to "drink, tell lies and jam." Lane, however, wouldnot get serious on the guitar until much later. Lane got discouraged fromplaying after the Gibson got smashed, and didnt play for a while. In 1983, Lane had a life changing experience. "I was laying on the bedwith the headset on, trying to figure out what to do with my life, and thatsong, "Hey Joe" (the Hendrix version) came on the radio and I heard that
  2. 2. song like Ive never heard it before". At that time, Jimmy knew exactly what to do. He took his last $59 to apawnshop, bought a Harmony guitar and learned "Hey Joe" by ear. For thenext four years he worked construction and roofing jobs, but would spendevery other waking moment playing guitar. He would play along to blues aswell as AC/DC and Journey records. By 1987 Lane was good. He became lead guitarist of the Jimmy RogersBand as well as forming his own band, Jimmy D. Lane and The Hurricanesand later Blue Train Running. Lane toured extensively with his dads bandwhile juggling his own solo career. In 1993, The Jimmy Rogers Band toured Europe, where they made a stopto perform at the BBC. In 94 they performed at the W. C. Handy Awards andin 95 they appeared on the Conan OBrien show, as well as the Chicago BluesFestival. Jimmy made his solo recording debut in 1995. The self titled disc on BlueSeal Records features 12 fine originals and one of his dads tunes. In 1993,however, he would meet the people who would put his recording career intohigh gear. During the sessions for Bluebird for Analogue Productions, with theJimmy Rogers Band, he met Producer John Koenig and head of AcousticSounds, Chad Kassem. Koenig saw the Jimmy D. Lane band at B. B. KingsClub in Universal City and was floored. Koenig and Kassem got together andJimmy recorded Long Gone for Analogue Productions in 1995, at Ocean WayStudios in Los Angeles, which was released in 1997. His second recording, Long Gone, showcases Jimmy’s guitar virtuosity onoriginals like "Whiskey," "Oh What A Feeling" and the title cut. TheHendrix/Vaughn influence can be heard in his searing guitar solos but listenand you will hear his feet are firmly rooted in the blues. His versions of JohnLee Hookers "Boom Boom" and Jimmy Rogers "Im in Love" show his deeplove for, and respect of blue tradition. Lane can stretch out on his own, but is equally at home in a support modeas can be heard by comparing his playing on Long Gone to Bluebird. Laneplays on and co-produced Hubert Sumlins I Know You, also on AnalogueProductions, where as he states "You can hear Huberts guitar, not some guywith his amp cranked up." In fact, it was Hubert Sumlin who gave Jimmy hisfirst Strat in 1986. Off stage, Lanes positive outlook on life is reflected in one of his favoritephrases "Its all good." This was originally the title of his third release, butchanged it to Legacy in honor of his fathers memory and the rich bluesheritage he grew up with. Legacy, released in May 98, features guestappearances of blues greats Sam Lay on drums, Carey Bell on harp andSumlin on guitar. It also features the last recordings of Jimmy Rogers, whoplayed 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 guitarwas to help me out on my project." Jimmys fourth release,Its Time, could just as well have been titled ItsOverdue. Its long been time for one of todays most powerful and expressivemusicians to break the chains of relative commercial obscurity. Time to seizethe reins of blues leadership, just as his father, Jimmy Rogers, did in the1940s. Masters Eddie Kramer (engineer for Hendrix, Zeppelin, Woodstocketc.), Chris "Whipper" Layton and Tommy Shannon (of Double Trouble) andMike Finnigan (organ in the bands of Etta James, Taj Mahal and CSN&Y) areall onboard to give Jimmy the nudge he needs to clear the launching pad.
  3. 3. Most recently, Jimmy D. Lane has been included on his fathers (JimmyRogers) Mississippi Blues Trail Historical Landmark in Ruleville, Mississippi. Hehas two songs on the "Experience Hendrix" DVD...released in 2008. Heperformed with Mike McCreedy, Double Trouble and Hubert Sumlin, on theproject. Jimmys song "Tears Without A Shoulder" was featured in an episodeof "In Plain Sight" (The Trojan Horst). Lanes music is on the rocking side, but is tempered with just the rightamount of blues tradition. As Lane states "you can have too much water andtoo much fire, but with the right amount of both, you can boil an egg." JimiHendrix may have moved him to buy a guitar, but Hendrix is just oneinfluence. Lane is a passionate blues singer, songwriter and guitarist with adeep respect for "all those old cats who were there".Listen to Lane and Know - Its All GoodJimmy D. Lane Official WebsiteJimmy D. Lane Press Links
  4. 4. JIMMY D. LANE (Instruments are Guitar, Bass, Drums and Lead Vocal)BANDS: Jimmy D. Lane and The Hurricane - Performed 1986-89 Blue Earth Band: Formed 1989 - present. Jimmy Rogers Band: Lead from 1988 until Mr. Rogers’ death in 1997TOURS: National and international: USA, Norway, Sweden, England, Scotland, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, South America, Russia, Czech Republic, etc…RECORDEDWITH: Jimmy Rogers, B.B. King, Van Morrison, Jonny Lang, Gary Moore, Kim Wilson, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Johnny ‘Big Moose’ Walker, Johnnie Johnson, Dave Myers, Kim Wilson, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jim Keltner, Stephen Stilles, Jeff Healy, Taj Mahal, Eric Clapton, Double Trouble, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Harry Hypolite, George ‘Wild Child’ Butler, Lowell Fulson, Carey Bell, Sam Lay, David ‘HoneyBoy’ Edwards, Weepin’ Willie Robinson, Little Hatch, Nancy Bryan, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Willie Kent, Henry Gray, Lazy Lester, Eomot RaSun, Snooky Pryor, and others…MAININFLUENCES: Jimmy Rogers, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Robert Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, Dave and Louis Myers, Earl Hooker, Sunnyland Slim, Albert King, Freddie King, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmie Lee Vaughan, Stevie Ray VaughanPERFORMANCES INCLUDE: TELEVISION: The Conan O’Brien Show Feb. 1995. Austin Music Network MUTV in Chicago (live performance video for public access TV). Brazilian TV performance with Jimmy Rogers Band. CNN – News spotlight on Blue Heaven Studio In Plain Sight 2008- (Reruns) (Cable Television Series Episode “The Trojan Horst”) Jimmy’s song “Tears Without A Shoulder” is played 10 minutes into the episode RADIO INTERVIEWS: WLUP – Chicago WBEZ – Chicago NPR - National SPECIAL: Performance for Hillary Rodham Clinton – Chicago, 1998RELEASES: “Sir Real” – Blue Seal, 1995 “Long Gone” – APO, 1997 “Legacy” – APO, 1998 “It’s Time” – APO, 2004
  5. 5. APPEARS ON:Jimmy Rogers - Blues, Blues, Blues Atlantic Records Corp. 1999Jimmy Rogers - Blue BirdJimmy Rogers / Big Moose WalkerBlues Masters At The Crossroads – APO, 1998-2002 (24/96 DVD)Jimmie Lee Robinson – All My LifeJimmie Lee Robinson - Remember MeRock With Me Baby (with Little Hatch)Nancy Bryan - Neon AngelWild Child Butler – D2DHarry "Big Daddy" Hypolite - Louisiana Country BoyEomot RaSun - Three Days WalkinWeepin Willie - At Last On TimeHoneyboy Edwards - Shake Em On DownWild Child Butler - Sho NuffHenry Gray – D2DHubert Sumlin - I Know YouPinetop Perkins - Pinetop PerkinsHenry Townsend - My StoryLazy Lester - Lazy Lester (D2D)B.B. King in Montreux Switzerland 1999Experience Hendrix DVD 2008
  6. 6. Jimmy D. Lane “Legacy” featuring Jimmy Rogers, Hubert Sumlin and Sam Lay Jimmy D. Lane “Long Gone” featuring Jim Keltner on Drums
  7. 7. Jimmy D. Lane Calgary HeraldJimmy D. Lane The Age in Australia
  8. 8. Jimmy D. Lane Live Radio Interview at ABC Radio in Australia Jimmy D. Lane in Australia
  9. 9. Jimmy D. Lane Saskatoon Jimmy D. Lane MTV
  10. 10. Jimmy D. Lane In St. John, NewfoundlandJimmy D. Lane, Jimmie Vaughan, Lazy Lester and Kim Wilson
  11. 11. Jimmy Rogers “Blues Blues Blues” featuring Jimmy D. Lane, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jeff Healy and Jimmy Page on guitarsBLUES BLUES BLUES was originally meant as a comeback album for JimmyRogers, but his untimely death during the recording sessions turned it into anall-star tribute to his legacy.Jimmy Rogers was very much a musicians musician -- the kind of guitaristthat earned accolades from contemporaries and successors alike -- yet onewho never wins a wide, mainstream audience. Blues Blues Blues wasdesigned as the album that would find Rogers a larger audience, and as such,it has all the bells and whistles of a big-deal blues album. It has the classics("Trouble No More," "Bright Lights, Big City," "Sweet Home Chicago," "DontStart Me to Talkin"), remakes of Rogers standards ("Ludella," "Thats AllRight"), cult covers (Muddy Waters "Blow Wind Blow," which kicks off thealbum on just the right note) and an astounding number of guestappearances, including cameos from (get ready): Jimmy Page and RobertPlant, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, Lowell Fulson, Johnnie Johnson, EricClapton, Taj Mahal, Ted Harvey, Carey Bell, Stephen Stills, and Jeff Healey.Thats a lot of star power -- too much, as a matter of fact -- since theyoccasionally overwhelm Rogers himself. And it has to be said that Rogersplaying simply isnt as dynamic or overpowering as it once was. Nevertheless,when its judged alongside other contemporary electric blues albums, BluesBlues Blues holds up very well. Like its peers, such as John Lee Hookers PointBlank recordings, the record is slick and well-crafted -- it may be blues-lite,but its highly enjoyable. And its likely that it would have broken Rogerscareer wide open, if he had lived to see its release. Knowing that makes BluesBlues Blues a little bittersweet. Yes, its enjoyable, but it would have beengreat to hear Rogers really tear it up on his final record. ~ Stephen ThomasErlewine
  12. 12. Includes liner notes by John Koenig.Live RecordingThe Jimmy Rogers All-Stars: Jimmy Rogers, Jeff Healey, Eric Clapton, LowellFulson, Stephen Stills (vocals, guitar); Taj Mahal (vocals, harmonica); MickJagger, Robert Plant (vocals); Jimmy D. Lane, Keith Richards, John Koenig,Jimmy Page (guitar); Kim Wilson, Carey Bell (harmonica); Johnnie Johnson(piano); Freddie Crawford (bass); Ted Harvey (drums).Personnel: Jimmy Rogers (vocals, guitar); Eric Clapton, Jeff Healey, LowellFulson (vocals, guitar); Taj Mahal (vocals, harmonica); Mick Jagger, RobertPlant, Stephen Stills (vocals); Jimmy D. Lane, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards(guitar); Kim Wilson, Carey Bell (harmonica); Johnnie Johnson (piano); TedHarvey (drums).Recording information: Ocean Way Recording; Pearl Sound, Detroit MI.Photographer: William Claxton.Rolling Stone (2/18/99, p.60) - "A richlydeserved salute to one of Chicago blues late, great undervalued sidemen..."Q (6/99, p.110) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Rogers belts out his growling vocalswith the energy of a teenager"Mojo (Publisher) (4/99, p.110) - "...perfect crystalisations of Chicago bandblues..." Buddy Guy, Jimmy D. Lane and Jimmy Rogers