By Claire Salinas
Lane Mack knew music was his calling the minute he got pulled onstage to play with guitarist Robert Randolph, a Top 10 Rolling Stone guitarist for that year, at Festival International in Lafayette a few years back.
Mack has spent his time since then playing in several bands and building his skills, but with the release of his self-titled solo debut this week, he feels ready to step out on his own.
Mack explained the move happened after receiving encouragement from his wife.
“[She] started pushing me out, and telling me ‘It’s time to do this thing for you.’ I wanted to make this album so my story doesn’t get left behind one day, so it can get passed on to future family members,” said Mack.
Mack’s music reflects his hardworking lifestyle. Although music is his passion, Mack is not yet at a place to pursue music full time.
“I wanted to know I was doing something that I loved at the same time as taking care of reality,” said Mack. “My mantra is I believe in elbow grease. My dad and granddad, we’re all about working sun up to sun down. This album is self-produced, self-funded, and I’m an independent artist. I’m working hard to make my dream happen while I work full time.”
Mack describes his music style as, “essentially blues and rock and roll music” with an old style vibe as he writes about his experiences, and has evolved in much the same way that Swamp Pop has.
“I played in Cajun bands before this project. Back in 50’s and 60’s the Swamp Pop guys started this new genre,” said Mack. “They wanted to play rock and roll, but couldn’t help but have their Cajun rock and roll music. I guess my music is a modern day twist on that.”
Mack recorded a music video for his single from the album, which he felt “captured the vibe exactly” when it was shot inside Blue Moon Saloon.
“It’s kind of a house party rock song,” he said. “I chose Blue Moon because it’s one of the best places to play for roots type of music. I figured we would try to do something kind of different and showcase a different part of that area. I’m trying to be myself, but set apart from the rest of the crowds at the same time.”
During the recording process, Mack was able to do the last song on the album, “Trouble and Worry” with a band he really clicked with, Baby Bee in Houma.
“This song was special to me because it was nice to have someone capture what is inside of me, and capture my style,” said Mack. “I’m producing the album by myself, so to have someone else come and produce with me it felt like we hit the nail on the head with this song. It’s very raw and rock and roll.”
Mack recounted how getting pulled onstage became a monumental moment for his career.
“I was at the right place at the right time,” he said. “I played a song with them and Robert Randolph turned around and said, ‘Let him stay up.’ I ended up playing almost the entire last half of the set with him. I think people who already knew what I did as a musician pushed me into taking it more seriously after that moment.”
Mack’s album can be purchased from iTunes. Check out his Facebook page for updates about upcoming performances, Facebook.com/lanemackmusic.