It’s been over two years since electronic music artist Lane 8 released an album. Today, his highly-anticipated album Little By Little premieres under his record label This Never Happened. “The title Little By Little, for me, is about the process of putting an album together and achieving one small task at a time with the goal of a bigger picture in mind,” he says. “For me, that's kind of the inspiration and the concept behind the album.” This will be the first album under This Never Happened. His last album, Rise, was released in 2015 under record label Anjunadeep, and Lane 8 says Little By Little shows how he has grown since.
You might call Jimmy D. Lane a natural born bluesman. His father was the legendary Jimmy Rogers, who Jimmy D. shared the stage with for many years before recording on his own. Lane can play it '50s-style, as he did with his father and on Eomot RaSun's album, but he can also turn it up and rock out with any of the finest guitar slingers. For It's Time, Lane tackles a program of original tunes (except for one), with the aid of Double Trouble, Stevie Ray Vaughan's rhythm section. These guys bring decades of experience to their blues rhythms, and know exactly how to support a player like Lane. Keyboard duties are split between Celia Ann Price on B3 and piano, and Mike Finnigan on the B3. In addition, the album was produced and engineered by the one and only Eddie Kramer, who adds crisp, clear production values and some very subtle studio tricks (check out the panning in the slide solo on "Stuck in the Middle"). As a writer, Lane sticks close to standard subject matter "What Makes People" is certainly a close cousin of Willie Dixon's "The Same Thing," but the variety of tempos and grooves and great playing all around keep the album exciting.