Matthew Lane

Matthew Lane
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I was born in Oklahoma, a son of a mechanic / country singer and school teacher. My father's band traveled throughout Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana during the sweeping urban cowboy times of the 70's and 80's. In 2001 I moved to Nashville to write songs for a living, after some hard broke years I landed a job writing for Tom Collins who published and produced alot of acts from Ronnie Milsap to Steve Wariner. I didn't land any big cuts there but learned the art of writing from a true "old school" hard nosed mentor. I shortly thereafter started a band with my brother and a few other friends, THE DIRT DRIFTERS, we travelled the old school way from honky-tonk to honky-tonk for some years and landed a home at Warner Brothers to cut a record. 
    It was right on the cusp of the internet buggering into business models of record labels and looking back the contracts they make you sign are highway robbery. Not long after I signed with EMI publishing as a songwriter and honed my craft even more. My favorites have always been the ones who did things their way, and even more the ones who looked at a song like a painting to give to the world. 
     During this time we toured with the likes of Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Lynrd Skynrd, etc. We got to record a song with Willie Nelson, play the Opry, Buck's Crystal Palace and every dive that would have us from coast to coast. I love the people in the places throughout this Great Divide, they all have a story to tell and I love hearing them. What a land...
    We eventually cut a record thru a couple regime changes and corporate musical chairs events, and came out with a hell of a album, THIS IS MY BLOOD. We got a few singles that charted, but during that time the Nashville sound was changing to more of an electronic party sound mixed with lacking lyrics. I did end up getting some songs recorded by artists like Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton, Casey Donahue Band, Willie Nelson, Dean Brody to name a few. But something still wasn't right.

    Resting on my core I eventually came to the realization that there were a lot of folks with their hands in my pockets that didn't belong there, and the song that I wanted to sing just wouldn't be heard on mainstream threads, nor was the current paradigm a healthy world to be in to reach who wanted to be as a man. So I packed up my guitar and my family and moved to the hill country of Texas. I come from a long line of pioneers, and the dream of living off the land has been just as strong as my love of the craft of songwriting. 

    So here I am, on a seven acre homestead with my amazing family and all that entails. I love the song that the land sings when you walk with it in the art of regeneration. The new growth and the lessons waiting to be spoken. There is a song under every stone.

    You may see me driving to a gig here in the beautiful Hill Country, or hear me playing one of my paintings for the great folks of Texas.  You may even buy some eggs or produce from me through a local food output. Either way, stop by and say hello, buy a CD and tell me a good story, I would love to put it in a song. We're all in this thing together. 


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