His first musical memories came through the speakers of his dad’s ’79 Ford pickup. The eight-track gave him a good dose of Keith Whitley, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Conway Twitty and Merle Haggard, whose “Rainbow Stew” remains a favorite.
“Dad was a big Hank Sr. fan,” he says, “and my older brothers liked Hank Jr., so I picked up a love for both. My brothers were also fans of a lot of the ’80s rockers like Def Leppard and Poison, and I wound up with a little of that in the mix too.”
Those influences would combine to give him a taste for what he calls “kick-in-the-teeth country.” “There’s still some traditional sound to it,” he says, “since I love story songs, but then it’s got that edge to it.” It’s an approach that has made him one of country’s most exciting young talents and brought Lance to the brink of national attention.
That vocal diversity, and the energy Lance brings to every performance, have been honed on stages all over the Southeast, through hundreds of gigs in nearly 200 clubs and honky-tonks. He has opened for and developed friendships with the likes of Randy Houser, Travis Tritt, Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Darryl Worley and Lee Brice, among many others. That experience and his talent led him to Nashville and he’s just getting started!
“His song ‘Taillights & Dust’ was a hit with fans, too, and the same can be said for current single ‘Whiskey’, our featured track. Laid on a bed of grinding electric guitars, driving piano, and unobtrusive percussion (until the chorus, when it pushes things forward), Lance’s vocals provide us a somewhat raw but capable performance of a modern, mid-tempo country rock heartbreak track. ” — Vickye, For the Country Record
Artist of the Month 2014