Steamboat Springs Justin Lane has come a long way from karaoke stages in Texas. Now a resident of Colorado Springs, the country singer has found a niche and a band of his own, playing his down-home sort of “red dirt” Texas country across the Midwest.
In his deep Texas drawl, Lane explained in an interview with Explore Steamboat how Texas music is a step apart from the rest.
“Texas has their own little circle of music,” Lane said. “The sound is just more of a real down-home country sound. It’s real personal. The songs are always personal about something going on in someone’s life.”
He said he and his band play a brand of power country that’s like a bit of Eric Church and Jason Aldean mixed together.
Those two musicians, along with Fort Worth’s Casey Donahew, are voices he looks up to.
Raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Lane moved to Colorado in 2005 to be close to family. He hasn’t lost his accent, or the memories of driving across the plains through small town after small Texas town.
“Songs that you hear actually make sense,” he said.
Lane is scheduled to play Ghost Ranch this Saturday and again June 14. There is no cover for either show, which both begin at 9:30 p.m.
Lane was working as a paramedic before a Texas band discovered him at a karaoke night about a decade ago. When he came to Colorado, he started to get more serious about music as a profession.
He said once he started performing on stage, he realized he couldn’t be happy doing anything else.
“I think what it is, is when you’re on stage, it’s like a whole different ego comes out, a whole different personality, a whole different person. It’s the biggest rush you could ever have.”
The band is about to lay down its first studio album, and is slated to play the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and Cheyenne Frontier Days, as well as shows across Kansas and Oklahoma.
But he said he’s comfortable not being in Nashville, where the brunt of country’s recording stars comes from.
No matter what happens in his career, he said he won’t lose that touch of humble country boy instilled in him from his Texas upbringing. He’s especially humble when it comes to his band, which has been together for about a year. Justin Lane Band comprises Shane “Airman” Clack on percussion and vocals, Mike “Thumpin’ a Six” Gourley on bass, Ryan “Mr. Dirty Little Secret” Kildee on guitar and Steve “Freight Train” Petrohoy on vocals and guitar.
“They’re really talented guys and it’s an honor to play with them,” he said.
Lane said he’s traveled to Steamboat to attend MusicFest before and is looking forward to playing his first show here, in which he’ll mix the band’s originals in with some classic country rock covers.
“The people and the scenery are just great,” he said.