Meet Lane Baldwin
…one of the best we’ve seen. ~ Manila Music Report
We’re fortunate to have a musician of Lane’s caliber representing DC worldwide. ~ DC Commission for Arts & Humanities
…strong original songs steeped in the Texas tradition. Soulful vocals and virtuoso musicianship. ~ The Austin Chronicle.
Lane’s got a groove like a freight train … just unstoppable. ~ Mark Stutso, The Nighthawks
Where’d you find this guy?!? He’s great! ~ KLBJ Radio, Austin
…a powerhouse…unbelievable energy! – MTV Italy
…a real asset to DC’s music scene. ~ Mike Joyce – Washington Post
One of the best bassists in the world of Blues today, and a gifted storyteller. ~ Johnny B. Gayden, legendary bassist, formerly with Albert Collins
Lane’s an amazing musician. He’s the one you want – period. ~ Peter Bonta – Grammy-nominated producer
Lane is the best I’ve ever worked with. He’s got a truly deep groove. Then, he’s singing his heart out, floating over top of it, telling one amazing story after another. ~ Gary Jones, guitarist for Deeper Blues – Dig the Hole
• New CD – The View From Here – released in August, 2014.
• Musical Ambassador for Washington, DC; has represented the nation in several countries, and in DC.
• Dig the Hole, Lane’s 2008 debut of his band Deeper Blues received rave reviews and continues to be hailed as some of the best Blues of the past several decades.
•Iconic Blues bassist Johnny B. Gayden (w/Albert Collins for 15+ years) calls Lane one of the best bassists on the scene today, and a gifted songwriter and storyteller.
• Co-founder of Low Notes for Nashville, an international group of top artists providing relief to musicians devastated by the May, 2010 flood.
• Extensive touring background as both a solo artist and sideman performing for millions internationally during a career spanning almost forty years.
For Lane Baldwin, the Blues isn’t about chops – although he and his band have more chops than a Texas steak house. It’s about the stories, the emotion… feeling the pain and wrestling with it, then letting it go. “The Blues give us a way to give voice to our pain and to find renewal,” says the veteran vocalist, bassist and songwriter. “And that’s a lot better than letting it eat you up inside. That’s the power of the Blues; that’s why it’s still important today, and always will be.”
Lane’s songs have long been hailed as “…the best new Blues in decades,” “a healing force hidden in heartache,” and “authentic, open, and brutally honest,” His bass work has been described as elegant yet powerful, a style that Grammy-nominated producer Peter Bonta calls “deceptively simple.” During a career that has spanned forty years and six continents, Lane has toured and recorded with some of the best Blues, Roots and Americana musicians in the country. In 2008 he released Dig the Hole with his band Deeper Blues, a Power Blues trio that legendary bassist Johnny B. Gayden (Albert Collins) called “perfectly named”.
While the Blues informs everything Lane does, it’s not all he does. As a songwriter, he covers a wide territory of American music – Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, ballads and, of course, blues – including everything from traditionals to modern day, from Piedmont Blues through Jazz-tinged rave-ups, to Heavy Blues/Rock. And yet everything is woven into a single, accesible tapestry, flowing from one style to the next as it takes the listener on a journey unlike any other.
In August, 2014, Lane released the long-awaited follow-up CD, The View From Here. Featuring a roster of top Bay Area talent, including Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Paul McCartney), Nate Ginsberg (Herbie Hancock, Larry Graham), Bryant Mills (John Lee Hooker) and many more, the project is quickly gaining fans and garnering strong reviews as “an American masterpiece from a master storyteller.” The CD is available for digital download on iTunes and CD Baby. A tour is planned for late 2014, continuing throughout 2015.
In addition to his music, Lane is an avid philanthropist. A gifted speaker and writer, Lane’s workshops are widely regarded as among the best in the industry. He also presents to students of all ages, promoting music as an important part of education, and promoting the Blues as a thriving art form. His essays have been published in the best-selling Chicken Soup® series and elsewhere, as he promotes positive living, and servant-leadership.
Lane is also the founder of Foodstock Charities, serving food and hope! – to those in need™. The charter chapter in Danville, IL has raised more than $50,000 in donations to the local food pantry, and has served more than 25,000 free meals at its monthly free dinner. He is the co-founder of Low Notes for Nashville, a world-wide community of bassists assisting in relief efforts after the 2010 Nashville flood, which raised over $75,000 in less than a month! In addition to his fundraising work and management of the web site, Lane opened the capstone benefit concert and MC-ed the event.
Lane has been featured in the following media/web sites:
|StereoNet – Feature Interview
Thunder Row – Feature Interview
Radio 418 – Feature Interview
No Treble – Player Spotlight
For Bass Players Only – Feature Interview
Bass Musician Magazine
|Spector Basses – Feature Endorsing Artist
Blues @ Greece – Feature Interview
Bass Player Magazine
Sacremento Blues Review
A sample of top artists & producers Lane has worked with
Mason Ruffner (Epic Records)
Cesar “The Amp Dr.” Diaz (Bob Dylan)