Artist of the Month: Lanie Lane

 Lanie Lane is the stage name of Lanier Stefanie Myra Johnston an Australian country influenced songstress. With influences of early rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and rockabilly, Lanie Lane is fast becoming one of the most distinctive voices in Australian music and her 2011 debut album ‘To The Horses’, reached number 12 in the Aria Album Chart.

“As in my writing sessions, when I record, I much prefer to capture what’s happening then and there to make sure the rawness of the music and band energy isn’t lost in obsessive retakes!”says Lanie. “I love recording with my band all together in the same room.”

In the same way she chooses to record to capture a moment, Lanie writes quickly and constantly.

“I feel it’s so important to capture the song at THAT moment. I owe it to the song. And if that’s when it has chosen to come out, then come out it must. I get inspired by the most unexpected things… you can never know when inspiration will hit, and it’s an interesting and
 distinctive feeling when it does. You just know. And all that you can do at that moment is to 
get out the guitar, pen and paper and start singing.

The other day I wrote ‘(Oh Well) That’s What You Get (Falling in Love With A Cowboy)’
 because apparently I said that in my sleep. Of course I had to write a song about that.
 There is so much to write about – it’s never ending. ‘Betty Baby’ is about my ‘in-the-wars’
 guitar, ‘What Trouble Is’ is about hurting someone terribly and having to live with it and ‘The
Devil’s Sake’ is basically about going to a dive bar to drink and dance. The list goes on…”

At the 
beginning of 2011, Lanie won a slot on the Sydney Big Day Out line-up thanks to Triple J’s
Unearthed competition. Since then Lanie
 has performed sold-out shows at the Sydney Festival and Adelaide Fringe, to a packed 
Splendour in the Grass audience and toured with the likes of Justin Townes Earle & Clare 
Bowditch.

Somewhere in amongst all that, she found the time to accept an invitation from the one-and only
 Jack White to record a couple of tracks in his Nashville studio.

Check out our favourite song by Ms. Lane called Oh Well, That’s What You Get Falling In Love With A Cowboy below:


For more information check out the official Lanie Lane website at lanielane.net