Jimmy D. Lane

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Jimmy D. Lane
Jimmy D. Lane performing in Australia
Background information
Birth name Jimmy D. Lane
Born (1965-07-04) July 4, 1965 (age 49)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Electric blues[1]
Occupation(s) Guitarist
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums
Years active 1990s–present
Labels APO Records

Jimmy D. Lane (born July 4, 1965, Chicago, Illinois, United States) is an American electric blues guitarist.[1]

Lane was born to the Chess blues musician Jimmy Rogers and his wife Dorothy. In his childhood, he got to know many older bluesmen who worked with his father, including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Mabon, Little Walter and Albert King. In 1998, Lane played for the then President Bill Clinton.


He has worked with Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Jim Keltner, Keith Richards, B.B. King, Van Morrison, Jonny Lang, Gary Moore, Double Trouble, Taj Mahal, Stephen Stills, Jeff Healy, Lowell Fulson, and Snooky Pryor, Kim Wilson, Pinetop Perkins, Johnnie Johnson, Kim Wilson, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, David ‘HoneyBoy’ Edwards, Little Hatch, Willie Kent, Henry Gray, Lazy Lester and Eomot RaSun. He has also worked with venerable blues greats such as Sam Lay, Hubert Sumlin, Carey Bell, Dave Myers and his father, Jimmy Rogers.

In 1993, The Jimmy Rogers Band toured Europe, where they made a stop to perform at the BBC. In '94 they performed at the W. C. Handy Awards and in '95 they appeared on the Conan O'Brien Show,[2] as well as the Chicago Blues Festival.

Jimmy made his solo recording debut in 1995. The self-titled disc on Blue Seal Records features 12 originals and one of his dad's tunes. In 1993 he met the people who would put his recording career into high gear. During the sessions for Bluebird for Analogue Productions, with the Jimmy Rogers Band, he met Producer John Koenig and head of Acoustic Sounds, Chad Kassem. Koenig saw the Jimmy D. Lane band at B. B. King's Club in Universal City. Koenig and Kassem got together and Jimmy recorded Long Gone for Analogue Productions in 1995, at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles.

His second album, Long Gone was released in 1997. It showcases Jimmy’s guitar virtuosity on originals like "Whiskey," "Oh What A Feeling" and the title cut. The Hendrix/Vaughan influence can be heard in his searing guitar solos but his feet are firmly rooted in the blues. His versions of John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" and Jimmy Rogers "I'm in Love" show his deep love for, and respect of blue tradition.

Lane can stretch out on his own, but is equally at home in a support mode as can be heard by comparing his playing on Long Gone to Bluebird. Lane plays on and co-produced Hubert Sumlin's I Know You, also on Analogue Productions, where as he states "You can hear Hubert's guitar, not some guy with his amp cranked up." It was Hubert Sumlin who gave Jimmy his first Strat in 1986.

Off stage, Lane's positive outlook on life is reflected in one of his favorite phrases "It's all good." This was originally the title of his third release, but changed it to Legacy in honor of his father's memory and the rich blues heritage he grew up with. Legacy, released in May '98, features guest appearances of blues greats Sam Lay on drums, Carey Bell on harp and Sumlin on guitar. It also features the last recordings of Jimmy Rogers, who played on "One Room Country Shack" and "Another Mule Kickin' In My Stall." Jimmy is proud of all his work with his dad, but this one touches him deeply. "I take great pride in the fact that the last time my dad picked up a guitar was to help me out on my project."[citation needed]

Jimmy's fourth release was It's Time. Eddie Kramer (engineer for Hendrix, Zeppelin, Woodstock etc.), Chris "Whipper" Layton and Tommy Shannon (of Double Trouble) and Mike Finnigan (organ in the bands of Etta James, Taj Mahal and CSN&Y) participated.

In 2008, Jimmy's song "Tears Without A Shoulder" was featured in an episode of "In Plain Sight" (The Trojan Horst). In July 2012, Jimmy D. Lane made a national Canadian television appearance on Global BC Morning News. He was commissioned by Tourism Burnaby, British Columbia to host an on line Twitter video show..."Tweet The Blues"...to help promote the 2012 Burnaby Blues Festival. He has been included on his father's, Jimmy Roger's Mississippi Blues Trail Historical Landmark in Ruleville, Mississippi. Jimmy D. Lane performed two songs on the "Experience Hendrix" DVD...released in 2008. He performed with Mike McCready (of Pearl Jam), Double Trouble and Hubert Sumlin, on the project.

In April 2013, Jimmy D. Lane was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall Of Fame.[3]

Presently, Jimmy D. Lane continues touring and performing nationally and internationally.

Musical style[edit]

Lane's music has been likened to that of Stevie Ray Vaughan, whose former band Double Trouble played with him on the 2004 album, It's Time. Other's[who?] have compared Lane's guitar work with that of Corey Stevens, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Healey.



Guest appearances[edit]

  • Jimmy Rogers - Blues, Blues, Blues (1999, Atlantic) Jimmy Rogers, Jimmy D. Lane, Lowell Fulsom, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Jeff Healey and Stephen Stills
  • Jimmy Rogers - Blue Bird (APO Records)
  • Jimmy Rogers - Jimmy Rogers / Johnny "Big Moose" Walker (Wolf Records)
  • Blues Masters At The Crossroads (APO Records) 1998-2002 (24/96 DVD)
  • Jimmie Lee Robinson – All My Life (APO Records)
  • Jimmie Lee Robinson - Remember Me (APO Records)
  • Rock With Me Baby (APO Records) - with Little Hatch
  • Nancy Bryan - Neon Angel (APO Records)
  • George "Wild Child" Butler (APO Records) – D2D
  • Harry "Big Daddy" Hypolite - Louisiana Country Boy (APO Records)
  • Eomot RaSun - Three Days Walkin' (APO Records)
  • Weepin' Willie - At Last On Time (APO Records)
  • David "Honeyboy" Edwards - Shake 'Em On Down (APO Records)
  • George "Wild Child" Butler - Sho' 'Nuff (APO Records)
  • Henry Gray (APO Records) – D2D
  • Hubert Sumlin - I Know You (APO Records)
  • Pinetop Perkins - Pinetop Perkins (APO Records) – D2D
  • Henry Townsend - My Story (APO Records)
  • Lazy Lester - Lazy Lester (APO Records) – D2D
  • B.B. King in Montreux, Switzerland - 1999
  • Experience Hendrix Live at The Paramount Theatre - DVD 2008

Note:(D2D is Direct to Disc. Recorded directly onto a vinyl disc)


  1. ^ a b "Jimmy D. Lane | Biography". AllMusic. 1965-07-04. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Walking by Myself on the Late Night Show". 
  3. ^ "Jimmy D. Lane Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Award". 
  4. ^ a b c "Jimmy D. Lane | Discography". AllMusic. 1965-07-04. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to MyMusicSite - SELL YOUR OWN INDEPENDENT MUSIC". Mymusicsite.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  6. ^ "Jimmy D. Lane Discography and Music at CD Universe". Cduniverse.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 

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