A sixth-generation Texan, honky tonk rocker Zane Lewis was born in Lubbock, a town famed for its musicians (Buddy Holly, and Waylon Jennings in nearby Levelland), and raised in the Austin outskirts of Round Rock.
Zane grew up with the sounds of Bob Wills, thanks his father who was a western swing fiddle player. But he made the biggest connection with the music of the other artists in his father's record collection: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and the Eagles. Later gravitating on his own to George Strait, Garth Brooks, the southern country rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38 Special, and the harder rock sounds of Van Halen.
He began playing guitar while at Texas Tech University. After graduating with a degree in advertising, Zane moved into the magazine advertising and publishing business. That is, until the constant burning to share his passion for country music finally convinced him to fund his own debut album, This Town (2003 produced by Scott Callaway). The album was a regional hit with the title track actually grazing the bottom of the national country charts and generating three Texas Music Chart hits with title track This Town, I Hate To See Her Go (But I Love To Watch Her Leaving'), and Beer Drinkin' Women.
The follow-up album, the self-titled Zane Lewis (produced by Lex Lipsitz and hit songwriter Brett James) was released in 2008 by his own independent label Slant Records. To date, the album has charted two national Top 50 singles with Welcome To The Southland, and Come With Me, both of which were also hits on the Texas Music Chart.
As an independent album distributed by Select-O-Hits out of Memphis, TN, the Zane Lewis album has sold more than 125,000 tracks on iTunes.