Lincoln Durham was born in Whitney, Texas and grew up in Itasca, Texas. Durham started out playing fiddle when he was four. He competed in fiddle contests in Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, and when he was ten, he won the Texas State Youth Fiddle Championship. In high school, Durham switched to electric guitar citing Nirvana as the inspiration for a new direction. After high school he took a break from music, but he returned, switching over to acoustic guitar and picking up a slide guitar style. Durham was mentored by Ray Wylie Hubbard. Durham's current sound has been compared to Nick Cave, Jack White and Tom Waits.
In 2010, Durham recorded an extended play album, EP, produced by Ray Wylie Hubbard and George Reiff. The EP was released on May 11, 2010 as a sneak-peek for his upcoming debut album, which was in the process of being produced, but would be not be released until almost two years later.
Lincoln Durham's debut full-length album, The Shovel vs. The Howling Bones was released January 31, 2012 by Rayburn Publishing. The album was produced by Ray Wylie Hubbard and George Reiff at George Reiff's studio, The Finishing School in Austin, Texas. Durham played the majority of the instruments, including a 1929 Gibson HG22 guitar, a bird feeder, a hacksaw, and oil pans. Drums were performed by Rick Richards. Other guest musicians from Austin on the album were Derek O'Brien (guitar), Jeff Plankenhorn (mandolin), Bucca Allen (accordion and piano), and Idgy Vaughn (backup vocals on "Trucker's Love Song"), plus Lincoln Durham's wife, Alissa (backup vocals).
Durham's second album, Exodus Of The Deemed Unrighteous was released on October 22, 2013 by Droog Records. The album was produced by George Reiff at his studio, The Finishing School in Austin, Texas, and has Rick Richards on drums again.
Durham's fourth album, And Into Heaven Came the Night, was released on March 30, 2018 on Droog Records. The album was produced by Lincoln Durham, and recorded at The Ice Cream Factory Studios and The Crypt in Austin, Texas.