Jimmy D. Lane and Blue Earth

Jimmy D. Lane and Blue Earth


At the age of 41, Jimmy D. Lane has already led quite a full life. The musicians he knows makes for an impressive resume. He has worked with Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Jim Keltner, Keith Richards, Double Trouble, Taj Mahal, Stephen Stilles, Jeff Healy and his father...blues legend Jimmy Rogers.


"Son of the Blues"
At the age of 41, Jimmy D. Lane has already led quite a full life. The musicians he knows makes for an impressive resume. 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 Stilles, Jeff Healy, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Lowell Fulson, and Snooky Pryor, Kim Wilson, Pinetop Perkins, Johnny ‘Big Moose’ Walker, Johnnie Johnson, Kim Wilson, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Harry Hypolite, George ‘Wild Child’ Butler, David ‘HoneyBoy’ Edwards, Weepin’ Willie Robinson, Little Hatch, Nancy Bryan, 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 Meyers and his father, the legendary Jimmy Rogers.
Born July 4th, 1965 in Chicago, he grew up in a household where he became acquainted with a veritable who's who of Chicago bluesmen. Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Mabon, Little Walter and Albert King, to name a few, would all stop by the house to visit the "old man." Coming from this environment has instilled in Lane the deepest respect for elder statesmen of the blues. "I feel blessed and fortunate, to have known all those cats, and I do not take it for granted."
At the age of eight, he began playing his dad's guitar, which he wasn't supposed to do. "I would break a string and put it back in the case like he wasn't going to discover it," Lane recalls. Shortly after that, Lane received a Gibson Acoustic from John Wayne. The Duke gave it to Shakey Jake, who was Wayne's driver, to give to Lane. "I would try to play along to a Bobby Blue Bland album" Lane states. He also wanted to join in with his dad and all those old cats that stopped by to "drink, tell lies and jam." Lane, however, would not get serious on the guitar until much later. Lane got discouraged from playing after the Gibson got smashed, and didn't play for a while.
In 1983, Jimmy had a life changing experience. "I was laying on the bed with the headset on, trying to figure out what to do with my life, and that song, "Hey Joe" (the Hendrix version) came on the radio and I heard that song like I've never heard it before".
At that time, Jimmy knew exactly what to do. He took his last $59 to a pawnshop, bought a Harmony guitar and learned "Hey Joe" by ear. For the next four years he worked construction and roofing jobs, but would spend every other waking moment playing guitar. He would play along to blues as well as AC/DC and Journey records.
By 1987 Lane was good. He became lead guitarist of the Jimmy Rogers Band as well as forming his own band, Jimmy D. Lane and The Hurricanes and later Blue Train Running. Lane toured extensively with his dad's band while juggling his own solo career.
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, 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 fine originals and one of his dad's tunes. In 1993, however, he would meet 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 and was floored. Koenig and Kassem got together and Jimmy recorded Long Gone for Analogue Productions in 1995, at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles, which was released in 1997.
His second recording, Long Gone, showcases Jimmy’s guitar virtuosity on originals like "Whiskey," "Oh What A Feeling" and the title cut. The Hendrix/Vaughn influence can be heard in his searing guitar solos but listen and you will hear 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." In fact, 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." J


JIMMY D. LANE & BLUE EARTH (Instruments are Guitar, Bass, Drums and Lead Vocal)

BANDS: Jimmy D. Lane and The Hurricane - Performed 1986-89
Blue Earth Band: Formed 1989 - present.
Jimmy Rogers Band: Lead from 1988 until Mr. Rogers’ death in 1997

TOURS: National and international: USA, Norway, Sweden, England, Scotland, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, South America, Russia, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Switzerland, etc…

WITH: Jimmy Rogers, B.B. King, Van Morrison, Jonny Lang, Gary Moore, Kim Wilson, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Johnny ‘Big Moose’ Walker, Johnnie Johnson, Dave Myers, Kim Wilson, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jim Keltner, Stephen Stilles, Jeff Healy, Taj Mahal, Eric Clapton, Double Trouble, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Harry Hypolite, George ‘Wild Child’ Butler, Lowell Fulson, Carey Bell, Sam Lay, David ‘HoneyBoy’ Edwards, Weepin’ Willie Robinson, Little Hatch, Nancy Bryan, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Willie Kent, Henry Gray, Lazy Lester, Eomot RaSun, Snooky Pryor, and others…

INFLUENCES: Jimmy Rogers, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Robert Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, Dave and Louis Myers, Earl Hooker, Sunnyland Slim, Albert King, Freddie King, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmie Lee Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughan

The Conan O’Brien Show Feb. 1995.
Austin Music Network
MUTV in Chicago (live performance video for public access TV).
Brazilian TV performance with Jimmy Rogers Band.
CNN – News spotlight on Blue Heaven Studio
Czech Republic TV- Blues Alive Concert 2005
Montenegro TV- Live in Podgorica

WLUP – Chicago
WBEZ – Chicago
NPR - National

Performance for Hillary Rodham Clinton – Chicago, 1998
Performed first ever Blues and Celtic Collaboration Concert
with Grammy Award winning Irish bagpiper Davey Spillane
- Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska January 11, 2006

RELEASES: “Sir Real” – Blue Seal, 1995
“Long Gone” – APO, 1997
“Legacy” – APO, 1998
“It’s Time” – APO, 2004


Jimmy Rogers - Blues, Blues, Blues Atlantic Records Corp. 1999
Jimmy Rogers - Blue Bird
Jimmy Rogers / Big Moose Walker
Blues Masters At The Crossroads – APO, 1998-2002 (24/96 DVD)
Jimmie Lee Robinson – All My Life
Jimmie Lee Robinson - Remember Me
Rock With Me Baby (with Little Hatch)
Nancy Bryan - Neon Angel
Wild Child Butler – D2D
Harry "Big Daddy" Hypolite - Louisiana Country Boy
Eomot RaSun - Three Days Walkin'
Weepin' Willie - At Last On Time
Honeyboy Edwards - Shake 'Em On Down
Wild Child Butler - Sho' 'Nuff
Henry Gray – D2D
Hubert Sumlin - I Know You
Pinetop Perkins - Pinetop Perkins
Henry Townsend - My Story
Lazy Lester - Lazy Lester D2D
B.B. King in Montreux Switzerland 1999

Set List

We do originals and blues covers. Our sets are usually 45 minutes to an hour long with a 30 min. break in between. We cover everything from Originals to Stevie ray vaughan, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, etc...