A fifth generation cowboy, James Lann has traded in a rope and a saddle for a guitar and a song. Now equipped with Honky Tonk Kung Fu, his second album, Lann has completed a transformation from young new artist to esteemed songwriter and performer, a transformation that has been a long hard road. It wasn’t until the release of the first album F-O-R-D that Lann began to get noticed for his original material. F-O-R-D was released and the title song attracted attention across the southwest. The next single, “You’re From The Country Too” shot to the top of the Texas Music Charts peaking at #6. His third release, “Honky Tonk Two Step Queen,” went to #1 and finished as one of the “ten most spun” songs on Texas radio stations in 2009. The next three consecutive singles went to #1 as well. (The Talent Requires, Every Kiss Goodnight, Halfway to Houston.) James likes to write “songs that can change your life, songs that can make you think.” As well, he appreciates a good ole honky tonk anthem. So on his latest release you’ll find songs he wrote, songs he co-wrote, and songs that friends wrote. The new record, “Honky Tonk Kung Fu” is a culmination of playing on the road and living the dream. This album is a roller coaster ride filled with the ups and downs of life. James is currently penning his third album with as much enthusiasm as his previous records and looking forward to releasing a new album in the fall of 2015. A down home country boy, James Lann is easy going but fired up with determination and some would say a pure stubborn streak. The excitement and energy coming off the stage from his band can be felt as Lann winds up and lets his songs fly out of the shoot. But don’t forget your dancing shoes! This cowboy is keeping it country.
- Jan Seides
- Lucas Gathings