Following the trail of his successful self-titled LP, country singer and songwriter David Lane just released a new EP on October 30. Hello Georgia is a nostalgic, often melancholy collection, and its namesake Georgia is where Lane was born and raised. It is clear that although Lane splits his time between the Nashville country
scene and Los Angeles, where his label MuSick is headquartered, he has never forgotten his working-class roots and home. Lane toured Georgia and Florida with his songs as a youth, building a fan base, before he flourished in the Nashville music community.
The six songs on this EP were co-written by Lane and Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame winning Roger Murrah. Murrah was so impressed with David's music and easygoing personality that he ended up producing the recording as well. Murrah was quoted as saying "David Lane's music begins in his heart and ends in the hearts of those who hear him." It's true that David Lane takes soulful country back to its roots, and sings about issues that are obviously personal and close to him. From the beginning track "Recession," about blue-collar blues, to "Hello Georgia," which recalls an idyllic past, Lane is an artist who wears his heart on his sleeve. The traditional sounds of slide guitars and slick production only heighten the effect of his mournful voice and lyrics. Lane offers that rare feat these days; a country singer who draws upon classic balladry, but puts a more modern twist on it relating to his own life. The result is melodic, a little sad, and compulsively listenable.