When it comes to music, Lane Rice seems to have only one approach. Giving his audience everything he has got. Whether you are listening to him sing live or one of his two albums, you are going to get a full dose of his heart and soul both sonically and lyrically.
A native of Newport News, Lane has been playing gigs around the Historic Triangle and the greater Hampton Roads area since 2018. In that time he had cultivated a loyal following whether he is playing solo or with his band, Lane Rice and Company.
Here are some quick facts about Lane.
Q: Where was your first paid gig and how did it go?
A: Oh dude. 16-years-old. Aromas right there on Prince George Street. I think I got paid like $50 and a gift certificate. At 16-years-old that was pretty sweet. I love Aromas. Coffee shop gigs are always really chill.
Q: Describe your ideal venue to play:
A: I would say a small theater or small venue that is really intimate. I feel like the energy in a small venue. It is hard to explain unless you’re there. I mean the energy in a large room is always cool too. I played at the Vanguard in Hampton and that is a sweet place to play, but I just like small rooms.
Q: What is your ride or die guitar and why do you like it?
A: My Martin OMJM. It’s a John Mayer special addition guitar, 2016. It was the first guitar I ever bought with my own money. I worked and saved up for years to buy this guitar. Her name is Rosie. It is a smaller body guitar but it sounds really warm, really full. It’s got the best pickup system in it, a Fishman Gold Plus. It sounds incredible plugged in or acoustic.
Q: What was the first album to blow your mind?
A: Continum by John Mayer. I was 12 when that album came out. I grew up pretty sheltered listening to K-Love worship music. The first time I heard that album I was like “That’s it. That is what I want to do with my life.” It is why I learned to play guitar.
Q: Where and when are your next few gigs?
Sunday, March 13 at 11:30 a.m. on Prince George Street for 2nd Sunday in downtown Williamsburg.
Ready to head out for the weekend? Check out who is playing where around the Historic Triangle!
- Berret’s Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill, 199 S Boundary Street
- Saturday, March 12, 3 p.m. Felicia Hoyos
- Brass Cannon Brewing, 5476 Mooretown Road
- Saturday, March 12, 6 p.m. Mike Grombas Jr.
- Brass Tap Williamsburg, 4904 Courthouse St.
- Friday March 11, 7 p.m. Patrick Ryan
- Copper Fox Distillery, 901 Capital Landing Rd.
- Thursday, March 10, 6 p.m. Nathan Lienard
- Eagles Aerie 4548, 113 Palace Lane, Suite N
- Saturday, March 12, 7:30 p.m. Bad Habit
- Green Leafe, 765 Scotland St.
- Thursday, March 10, 9 p.m. Jon Smith
- Jolene’s Bar and Grill, 3032 Richmond Rd.
- Oceans & Ale, 5601 Richmond Rd.
- Saturday March 12, 8:30 p.m. Nathan Lienard
- Precarious Beer Project, 110 S. Henry St.
- Saturday, March 12, 3 p.m. The Blue Guitar
- Revolution Golf and Grille, 1430 High Street
- Friday, March. 11, 7 p.m. Moonset Project
- Tradition Brewing, 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd. Newport News
- Saturday, March 12, 6:30 p.m. Patrick Ryan
- Trojan Grill, 11833 Aspengraf Ln, New Kent
- Two Drummers Smokehouse, 8864 Richmond Rd.
- Thursday, March 10 6:30 p.m. Caleb Dillard
- Williamsburg Winery, 5800 Wessex Hundred