Today we feature an artist who has skillfully crafted the old school country tradition of low-slung baritones and booming vocals, fusing them with modern country to form his way in Nashville. An artist whose original path included football and baseball, but injuries sidetracked those goals, he found a guitar and doors soon began to open.

Live at the 2016 Daytime Village At The iHeartCountry Festival - Show
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Chris Lane didn't see himself in Nashville as he grew up in Kernersville, NC. Both he and twin brother Corey were stand-out football and baseball players at Glenn High School, and both went on to earn baseball scholarships to the University of North Carolina Charlotte. While at UNCC Chris suffered a series of injuries which forced surgeries and in turn ended his playing career. Frustrated, Lane soon discovered the guitar, an instrument that quickly grew from a hobby to a passion. He would form the Chris Lane Band soon after he returned home to North Carolina.

Lane's band became one of the area's most popular cover bands, and when the singer started writing his own material, he took to it like a duck on water. In 2007, Chris and Corey both auditioned for American Idol, neither making the program. Undaunted Chris went right back to working on his performance and song writing, and just a year after his unsuccessful Idol audition, Lane and the band were discovered and signed by Big Loud Mountain Management and Big Loud Music.

26th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game - Game
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The Chris Lane Band released their debut album, Let's Ride, in 2012. The album landed on the Billboard Country Albums chart, leading to opening spots for Lee Brice, The Band Perry and Brantley Gilbert among others. The band also landed an opening spot of one of the biggest tours of 2014, Florida Georgia Line's This How We Roll tour. The band's debut single, "Broken Windshield View" was released in June of 2014, receiving over 11,000 downloads in its first week of release, and it peaked at #45 on the country chart.

It wouldn't be long before Lane released his first solo single, "Fix" in 2015, eventually hitting #1 with the up-tempo song. He would release his debut solo album Girl Problems in August of 2016, following up the success of his debut with "For Her", reaching #1 with this single also.

Florida Georgia Line With Special Guests Dustin Lynch And Chris Lane Dig Your Roots Tour - Newark, New Jersey
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Lane has gone back into the studio to work on a new album, and we have the first single in our spotlight today. Brought to you by All American Super Car Wash of Lawton, Chris Lane, joined by pop artist Tori Kelly for "Take Back Home Girl"; it's today's Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again.

Text today’s key word to 580 353-1013, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card from All American Super Car Wash of Lawton, presenting the Catch of the Day on Oklahoma’s Best Country KLAW101.

Today’s Key Word: “GIRL”

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