Podge Lane announces "Common Country Misconceptions", releases final single "Too Late"
February 24th 2023
Podge Lane has announced his sophomore album Common Country Misconceptions, which is set for release on March 10th, 2023 via Teip Records. Celebrated for melding his country instrumentation within alternative arrangements, Lane has created a rich narrative that flows throughout the 10 track record. Giving a a final peak into the narrative, Lane is releasing his latest single ‘Too Late’ on Friday 24th, February!
With his recent singles off of ‘Common Country Misconceptions’ garnering attention from IMRO, Hot Press, American Songwriter Magazine, and GoldenPlec, to name a few, Lane’s vivid storytelling is clearly at play throughout the album.
‘Paradise’ opens as a fiery tune propelled by chugging acoustic guitar, moving into ‘Battle Wounds’ which glides on icy lyrics and slide guitar. The singles then diverge with ‘Change In The Weather’ as Lane shows his range with a sincere ballad accented with sparse piano melodies.
With the albums final single, 'Too Late' takes inspiration from The Avett Brothers, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Felice Brothers, with twanging banjo hits and Lane's earnest yet witty lyrics; "Pick and choose my words, it's like I'm playing Scabble." Desperation swells through the song, with raw vocals, sharp guitars and a chugging riff burrowing into your ear.
Lane comments on the song, “It’s a song examining your own faults in a relationship and how you can look back on those moments, instead of sweeping them under the rug, and actually talk honestly about them, and learn. I wanted to take the trope of the stoic hero in country music who is strong and silent and show that there’s strength in talking and owning your actions.”
Building on from his debut album in 2021, Outer Monologues, Lane expands his sound through exploring country stylings and stories in unconventional manners. Showcasing his emphatic turn of phrase alongside quintessential country instrumentation, Lane reflects on many moments in his life with earnest growth.
Where Outer Monologues gave a glimpse into one bad night in the life of the author, it ended with the promise of things getting better. Now we have Common Country Misconceptions, and Lane asks ‘what comes after happily ever after’? As a life long fan of country music, Lane listened to the great tales of heroes overcoming evil, winning the loves of their lives and riding off into the sunset. *Roll credits*
Lane explores the common themes of country music and challenges the idea of the ‘happy ending’. Once we find happiness in our lives, we can put so much pressure on ourselves to never feel down again. Lane reminds us in Common Country Misconceptions, that even when your dreams do come true that you are still human, and that’s actually a pretty good thing.
Beginning on his 2023 Common Country Tour, Lane will be performing an album Launch show in Winthrop Avenue on March 10th, Little Whelan’s in Dublin and DeBarra’s, Cork supporting US duo Damsel, with further Dublin and London dates to be announced.
“Cork-based singer-songwriter is a serious one to watch combining feel-good energy and vibrant instrumentation with painfully honest lyrics” (Hot Press Magazine).
“You can hear similarities to his contemporaries such as Willie J Healey and Boy Azooga. Yet there is a retrospective element that is subtly Dylan-esque.” (Clunk Magazine)
“Podge has his musical DNA set for him. Blending from his root genres of bluegrass, indie-rock, and country, Podge Lane creates music that will resonate with the listener while having a sound anchored in life. “ (Sinusoidal Music)