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Chris Lane and Lainey Wilson

Thursday, August 11, 2022
Show | 8pm // Doors | 8pm

Chris Lane

Times change. And when they do, Country artists like Chris Lane don’t stay static – they change with them, always growing into something more complete. After breaking out with a suave romantic flair and a knack for live shows as cool and refreshing as a Carolina sunrise, that’s exactly what Lane is doing now – growing into a new season of life.
Stepping up with a fresh artistic vision, the hitmaker has found his long sought-after sweet spot.
“Laps Around the Sun was a step in the right direction,” Lane says, referring to his 2018 sophomore album. “Now I feel like third time around – well, they say the third time is the charm.”
Lane’s next chapter is here, and it began with an epiphany – scoring his first co-written Number One on the Platinum-certified “Big, Big Plans.” Tender and gentle, but also flashing a brilliant spark of life, it showcased Lane’s love for his then-girlfriend (and now-wife) Lauren, laying out his honorable intentions for all to see. The track has now garnered more than 200 Million ondemand streams, and was even used in a video that captured the endearing moment of his marriage proposal, viewed more than 20 Million times on YouTube. And since then, its selfstyled mix of sincere emotion and organic Country have powered an evolution.
Following the beat of his heart, Lane took full advantage of a year off the stage, writing more frequently and effectively than ever.
“In early parts of my career, I only wrote here and there, just because I was always on the road,” Lane admits. “But having ‘Big, Big Plans’ go Number One – as a songwriter it’s given me a new level of confidence that I’ve never had before. I feel like I can finally say ‘Alright, I can do this.’”
Actually, he had plenty of reasons for confidence before. In 2015, Lane notched a debut Number One with the sky-scraping romantic stunner, “Fix,” then followed up with groove-oriented hits like the Platinum “For Her,” 2X-Platinum “Take Back Home Girl (featuring Tori Kelley), and 2XPlatinum Number One “I Don’t Know About You.” He was on the right track. But writing for himself opened a new door of authenticity – perfectly timed with some “big, big” personal growth.
“I met somebody and settled down, got married and now we’ve welcomed our first child. And I’ll be completely honest – it’s changed me for the better,” Lane admits. “Plus, I feel like I’ve found my voice in the midst of that. I’ve learned what I like to sound like, what I don’t like to sound like. And when I go in the studio with Joey [Moi] now, I just know exactly what I want.”
What that means for fans is a return to Lane’s North-Carolina roots, with an irresistible pulse added in. Craving the high energy of “Fix” and the organic vibes of his old barstool-and-sixstring style, there’s a renewed emphasis on guitar and a new sense of soulful maturity, as Lane captures his 30A-meets-Carolina essence.

“I think I sound the best on this new music,” he says. “This is what I was doing when I was in North Carolina and was writing my own songs.”
Feeling unchained like never before, Lane is also breaking the old school album-release model. His new music will come out one track at a time – ensuring each song has its moment – and first up was the flirtatious instant-favorite and lead single, “Fill Them Boots.” Up-tempo and charged with romantic energy, it feels like a spiritual descendant of “Fix” – but just like “Big, Big Plans,” sports a pure-Country foundation and a good-guy charm, revealing another part of his story with Lauren.
“This was our story,” Lane says. “I wrote it about how we met, and an ex-boyfriend of hers is the guy in the song. We laugh about it all the time, because it’s truly our story to a ‘T.’ And look at us now!”
More new and deeply-personal tracks are out now, including the feel-good nostalgic sunshine of “Summer Job Money” – an up-tempo stadium-Country singalong with a smitten center. Meanwhile, soul-on-his-sleeve ballads like “That’s What Mamas Are For” and “Ain’t Even Met You Yet” highlight the integrity and devotion of this newfound family man.
All told, they form the beginning of a whole new era in Lane’s career – one that mirrors the new era in his life. And although he knows the world will keep turning, and things will keep changing, they don’t call it a “sweet spot” for nothing.
“I’ve landed on exactly what I love the most,” he says, flashing a grin with that easy Southern charm. “My main hope is that people react and say ‘Alright, I get it now. I know who Chris Lane is.’”

 

Lainey Wilson

ACM New Female of the Year and iHeartRadio’s Best New Country Artist 2022 winner, Lainey Wilson has earned the enthusiasm of the industry, having been named to nearly every “Artist to Watch” list, winning MusicRow Magazine’s Discovery Artist of the Year award and being crowned Billboard’s “Top New Country Artist of 2021,” the Louisiana native is one of Nashville’s hottest and most buzzed-about new artists. Landing her first No. 1 with her PLATINUM Certified ACM Song of the Year “Things A Man Oughta Know,” nearly 10 years to the day after leaving her small farming community in a camper trailer to chase her dreams, she has won over legions of fans with her signature Bell Bottom Country sound and aesthetic, which blends traditional Country with a modern yet retro flare. A prolific and sought-after songwriter (having co-writer credits on songs by artists including Luke Combs, Flatland Calvary, Thompson Square and more), Lainey is a fresh, fierce voice in Nashville, delivering one of the “Top Country Albums of 2021” (Rolling Stone, Taste of Country, and American Songwriter) with her label debut, Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’. With a rockstar stage presence, her artistry has taken her across the globe, performing for sold-out crowds throughout the US, UK, and Germany with notable names like Jason Aldean, Morgan Wallen, Hardy, Justin Moore, Ashley McBryde, Jon Pardi, Josh Turner and more. Her current single, “Never Say Never” with Cole Swindell is Top 5 at Country Radio and continuing to make a fervent climb up the charts.

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