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When Lane Thomas entered the statistic books back in 1975, he was the product of parents from Arkansas who had moved to the Dallas area some years before. That becomes an important factor in the life of a young boy who would soon be exposed to the passionate world of music and music lovers in the area. Dallas, and actually the North Texas region at large, has been a spawning ground for some of the finest music to emerge in the Lone Star State in a long time. A very young Lane Thomas was exposed to it in spades. He began to play and sing, like so many artists have, in church and gospel music provided a fitting backdrop and segue into his exposure to Country Music and the greats who inspired him. His first concert was in approximately 1990, and featured a young newcomer to Country Music named Garth. The show left an indelible mark on Lane. Soon Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard, George Strait, Keith Whitley, and the like were Lane's compass and he followed the direction of his teachers.
A particular influence on him, this one much more personal, was a second cousin from his parents' Arkansas. Terry "TW" Williams was one of Arkansas' most successful and prolific singer/songwriters in the state and was headed for national success. He died in 1980, tragically young at 29 after being diagnosed with cancer. Lane listened to his recordings and watched VHS copies of his cousin performing his original tunes and learned much from "TW". These days you can still attend a Lane Thomas performance and you'll hear him do his cousin's "A Horseshoe Bar", a fitting tribute to his blood kin, who left us much too soon.
Living in the Plano/Lucas areas put him later on in close proximity to Love & War in Texas, a restaurant and live music venue which featured a much more homegrown style of music and writing that was uniquely Texas. The burgeoning Texas music scene was heavily supported by a local, privately owned radio station, KHYI 95.3 The Range and the two businesses, together, garnered much attention for artists like 1100 Springs, Jack Ingram, Tommy Alverson, Max Stalling, and Chris Knight, all of whom are Lane's favorites today. He developed a huge appreciation for the songwriter aspect of this scene and was compelled to put pen to paper and explore the songwriter craft for himself.
At this point in time Lane Thomas has fronted a band of his own creation, hosted a very successful and long-running Acoustic Showcase which "broke open" many local artists who would go on to become recognized regional names, written and recorded songs, won a songwriter contest (Red Dirt Rising Contest 2013), opened for Joe Diffie, Tommy Alverson, Jarrod Birmingham, Jamie Richards and others, and is on a trajectory that will have him performing around 100 shows this year. Prepare to experience what Texans call real, authentic Honky Tonk Country Music when you attend a Lane Thomas show. "Lost Highways and Broken Dreams, "That Kind Of Girl", "Against The Wall", and his most popular song at the time of this article, the soon to be released as a single "You Got Sexy (Written All Over You)". Be a part of it. Become numbered among a rapidly increasing base of friends and fans. Experience the man himself and be blessed by the sincere music of a true Honky Tonk Apostle. Lane Thomas is that guy. See him...believe him.
~ Jeff Hopson (singer/songwriter, contributing writer for Outlaw Magazine)