Lane 31
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Lane 31


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After three years of making music in a Salt Spring livingroom and playing various local venues, homegrown island band Lane 31 has released its first CD.
Lane 31’s Rough Tracks Vol. 1 includes original music written by lead singer David Hallam and recorded live at Old Growth Studios in Burgoyne Bay.
"We've called our music ‘back porch spirituals,'" says Hallam, "but that makes it sound too much like gospel or hymns and it isn't that. Most people would call it alternative country, which suits me just fine. Although every now and then we make a rock song like Said & Done.”
Lane 31 — named for the lane at the Swartz Bay ferry terminal which guarantees passage to Salt Spring — includes singer/songwriter Hallam, guitarist/singer Nash, bass player Peter McFarlane, guitarist and mandolin player Dale Bishop and drummer Bruce Cameron, who lives in Calgary but has Salt Spring connections.
All five men are well known here for their diverse "day jobs" — McFarlane is a multi-media artist, Hallam and Nash are both filmmakers, Bishop is a community support worker with GIFTs and Cameron is a pollster — but they come together on a different level in Lane 31 with a shared love of music-making.
“In my experience, you can never tell in advance whether you'll be able to play with musicians you meet or not,” says Hallam. “Obviously, if the musicianship is there, you can play something together. But with every one these guys, we knew we were okay five minutes into our first practice together. I think that's because we look at things the same way, but what things and what way, I couldn't really say.”
The band also included the late Blair Rosser, who helped form it in 2006, and band members say the CD includes musical inspiration from former member John Newman, as well as background wizardry by Daryl Chonka, who produced it.
Since playing public venues throughout the last year — including the Tree House Cafe, Shipstones, Fulford Inn and events such as Fulford Day and the fall fair — the band has collected an enthusisatic following.
Lane 31's next big performance is set for Saturday, Jan.2 at Moby's Pub, where it hopes to kick off the new year with a huge party.
The 11 songs on the CD are just a few of the band's growing repertoire, most of which have been written by Hallam — who can produce a song every few weeks — and further developed by the band.
"Literally every hour I'm awake, and often when I'm asleep too, music is going through my head," says Hallam, who has sang publicly since he was a child and who's musical background includes a professional stint in London in the 1980s.
"I've got to consciously suppress it or I can't use my brain for anything else."
Hallam says that once a song's "got a bit of shape," he takes it to practice:
"We find the key it seems to fit and the rest of the guys play it through while I sing-mumble it. Then we get down to work."
Rough Tracks Vol. includes a mix of fast tempo songs like Said & Done to slower, dreamier, melodic pieces like River Roll.
Hallam says his favourite song right now is Just A Matter of Time — “it's fairly recent, just a few months old, and I like it largely because it's in 6/8 and has a trance feel when I listen to it or sing it."
"But one I wrote two weeks ago, that we've practiced only once or twice, is starting to push its way to the front. It's called Wonderful Night."
Hallam said some of the band’s newer material will be included in the Jan. 2 show.
Lane 31’s Rough Tracks Vol. 1 is now on sale at Acoustic Planet, Starfish Gallery in Grace Point Square, and Bill's second hand books and records across from Island Savings.



Rough Tracks vol. 1
recorded Oct 18, 2009.

Smooth Tracks vol.1
recorded March, 2010.



Most visitors to Salt Spring Island get here by ferry from Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island. When they arrive at the terminal, they’re directed to Lane 31.
Pretty well everybody feels a lot of excitement when they leave home for a holiday. But how many feel even more elated when they head back? Well, we do. So we named our band Lane 31 to remind ourselves that however far away from here we go, Lane 31’s where we’ll end up when we’re just a ferry ride from home.
What kind of music do we play? Most people on Salt Spring identify us as a roots band, and that’s certainly the heart of the story. But we’ve got a very strong country flavour, a fair amount of rock ‘n roll and vocal stylings and melodies that come out of old-time gospel music.
All of Lane 31’s songs are written by our lead singer, David Hallam, who spent the first 18 years of his life singing in one Hellfire and Brimstone Baptist church or another. Hallam has written nearly 400 songs in a musical career that started at age 2, in South Porcupine, Ont., his home town, singing Jesus Loves Me for his mother’s lady friends. As a kid, Hallam heard all the classic country music all thetime. Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, Bob Wills, Floyd Tillman, Hank Snow, Buck Owens and Patsy Cline were regular fare. Not to forget Elvis and Jerry Lee. Then came the ‘60’s and Hallam spent years learning what Robert Johnson, Muddy, Son House, Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, Leadbelly, and Ma Rainey, were all about.
The main modern influences on Lane 31’s musical sensibility are
Dylan, The Beatles, Neil Young, The Band, John Prine, The Doors, The Velvet Underground, Hendrix, The Byrds, Gram, The Who, and later The Clash, Yoakam and Steve Earle.
Besides Hallam, the permanent band members are Brian ‘B’ Nash
the band’s founder - on guitar, backing vocals, and arrangements;
Peter Mcfarlane on bass and backing vocals; and Bruce Cameron on drums, percussion and backing vocals. Depending upon what
audience we’re playing for, we will feature Dale Robert Bishop on
guitar and mandolin, and Dan Howlett on guitar and banjo.
Our two CD’s are Rough Tracks, Volume 1 and Smooth Tracks,
Volume 1, both produced by Daryl Chonka at his Old Growth Music, Bourgoyne Bay, Salt Spring Island. Both CD’s are available by contacting us through our MySpace page
So if you want to hear original, uncompromising Canadian music withedge and attitude to burn, give us a listen. And watch our MySpace and Facebook pages for announcements about our upcoming shows here on Salt Spring, on Vancouver Island, on the BC mainland and on tour in Western Canada starting in 2011. 31