Saskatoon-based recording artist Jen Lane will be in Chilliwack promoting her new album, This Life of Mine, as part of her Western Canada tour.
Lane’s music is a mix of country, roots, folk, bluegrass and Americana and she will be performing at Tractorgrease Cafe on Aug. 25 and 26.
This Life of Mine is Lane’s her fifth studio album.
Lane wrote every song on the album except for ‘Thirteen’ by Big Star (inspired by a record player that her husband and band mate bought for her for Christmas). Her songs paint a picture of an artist who is not only a master melodic craftsperson but also able to provoke listeners to think, reflect and feel deeply through her compositions.
Shoe, the first single from the album, which was released in the fall of 2015, is a foot stomper of a song – a little bit country, a little bit bluegrassy and a definite fan favourite.
Movin’ On, the second single, fits the theme of the album in that its overarching message to the listener is about perseverance. “It’s about going through all the highs and lows in life and understanding that the most important thing you can do is to let go and move on. Holding onto things that are painful doesn’t get you anywhere. I know that first hand,” adding that she would rather find inspiration through her tears than just wallow in them. “When people tell me that one of my songs made them feel better, I feel like I did something positive with my sadness.”
Lane has released videos for both ‘Shoe’ and ‘Movin’ On’, as well as her third single, ‘This Life of Mine’.
With her first two releases, Sleepless (1999) and Injection (2002), Lane garnered a lot of attention within the Western Canadian music scene. Sleepless was nominated for a Prairie Music Award when Lane was just 16. Her self-titled 2006 album and the 2010 follow-up, For the Night, were both nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards and Jen received many notable showcases across the country and into the US including three trips to South by Southwest.
Jen Lane performs at Tractorgrease Cafe (48710 Chilliwack Lake Rd.) on Thursday, Aug. 25 and Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and available by calling 604-858-3814 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.