Bleu Lane was born William Forrest Lane on July 14th,1950 in Asheville, North Carolina. He began performing in bands while still in the United States Marine Corps in early 1970. He was running around with groups that would later evolve in to Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Outlaws, ARS, Wet Willie, The Allman Brothers, and Blues Image. He spent his last days in the Marines running around the Deep South as an opening act for most of these bands including showcases in Atlanta where most of these groups evolved to.
Lane went from a number of bands before trying session work which led him to LA, Nashville, Memphis, Phoenix, London, Chicago, Denver, Boulder, and SF, all the while building his arsenal of guitar licks and improving his styles of Blues, Rock, and Southern Rock. He often supplemented his art by taking day jobs to be able to be on the scene learning and watching many of his favorite artists until he had added to his style from theirs. After living through the school of hard knocks he was involved in a number of major accidents while on tour and had to come back from the throws of death a number of times. Living fast and hard he never gave in to the things that sidetracked him from becoming a major recording artist in his own right.
In mid 1999 after moving to Austin for the third time he finally decided to form a band that would showcase his original music. After a year of going through a number of players only he and bassist, Lee Coate, remained. In mid 2000 he returned to Atlanta and began to seek help from attorney and friend, Howard Russell Osofsky, who represented Lane in several worker's compensation lawsuits after he had been injured on the jobs he took to keep him able to pursue his musical talents. In September of 2000 Osofsky managed to convince Kansas front man, Steve Walsh, to help co-produce a demo for Lane. Hoping to finally break through to labels in Nashville Lane began recording the demo shortly thereafter. The session however was cursed from the beginning with the SSI recording console blowing up while the players were setting up. Waiting nearly a week the session began with tensions running high. Six months later 6 songs were finished but only 4 were put on the demo.
Lane took the demo to Nashville where with the Help of Country Icon and actor, Mark Collie, made his way to a number of labels and recording producer, Tommy Spurlock (Flying Burrito Brothers), which led to finding players to work on the album. After 2 years of running back and forth to Nashville Lane was no farther along than when he and Mark Collie had started. So Lane decided to go to the Lowery Music Group where Butch Lowery took Lane on as a publisher in hopes of finding a major label for Lane to sign on to.
Giving Lane the money to return to Nashville and record with Spurlock the session took off on 9/11/2002. With former members of Lynyrd Skynrd (Mike Estes & Debbie Davis Estes), King Crimson, Bob Seger (Ian Wallace), along with writing partner, Stephen Fredrick, a Blues singer from Memphis, Jimmie Davis, friend and guitar student, Matt Stauffer, and Lee Coate, they began recording without rehearsals, numerous overdubs, and remixing. For the most part they nailed each song in one take. Only adding backing vocals to a few tunes Davis sang most of the tracks as the lead vocalist saving the title track which Fredrick laid down before Lane could get to the studio on the final day of recording. After just 36 hours the album was ready for mastering and was taken back to Atlanta to Butch Lowery. Lowery was amazed at the output and immediately signed Lane to his in house label, Southern Tracks Records. Taking the recorded material to Rodney Mills to master it was finished in 4 hours completing the whole process in 40 hours total.
However, when it came time to release the album Bleu's friend, Howard Osofsky, and his partners, who had put considerable efforts in to Bleu's demo which included songs on the new album done in Nashville. After fighting over who was going to get what out of the deal Lowery made the arrangements with Osofsky and his partners to get the album out. This took nearly a year and by the time the CD was ready for release Lane's health began to take a turn for the worse suffering a heart attack just days after the album had been released.
After his father's death in March of 2003 and his own health declining from a spinal bone and disc disease, coronary artery disease, and a Bilateral Inguinal Hernia, Lane went back to Austin to be near his family in San Marcos. In 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Lane suffered stronger heart attacks (14 STENT implants); went through 32 spinal surgeries which gave him back the ability to walk after years of walkers, wheelchairs, and canes; along with the Bilateral Inguinal Hernia repair which kept him off the road a lot and doing light studio work to stay alive. Finally getting healthier he began going back to what he knew and started doing some sporadic touring.
Now after 11 years from the time the first solo CD was finished the CD was re-released to more than 50,000 radio stations and networks around the world with the help of Stephen Wrench at Musik & Film. Now posted on Reverb Nation, MTV, VHI, CMT, and Noisehead.com the songs from the album, "Just Livin' My Rock & Roll Life" are still gaining ground with the same base of fans who have been raving about Lane's music since his songs were first posted on all these sites. Several radio jocks have already have begun spinning the songs on the album their shows. Lane is also receiving a lot of airtime from those radio networks around the world including finding their way to the top of the charts in Croatia, Russia, Canada, the UK, most of Europe, and many Internet radio networks since Wrench put out, "Da Church Of Da Blues" in mid April 2013.
As this posting appears Lane is set to go on major tours through out the Summer of 2014 and an Unsigned 24/7 tour in the Fall. Known more around the recording industry than the general public Lane is hoping the blast of energy from radio airplay and the tours going on this year will lead to more tour dates, allow him to finish several albums worth of music over the next couple of years. In the meantime, "Da Church Of Da Blues", is tracking very well around the world as the first release from his first solo album.