By tooth and claw, Megan Lane emerges as one of Canada’s best female guitarists with her latest release Sounding the Animal.
Produced by the deft hand of Hawksley Workman, Lane’s cut-to-the-bone guitar solos and unbridled voice are set loose amidst the analog tones of classic rock and the punchy synthetic textures of today. Dealt with acuity at every level of its creation, Sounding the Animal includes two co-writes with Workman and one with Canadian underground indie music hero Rae Spoon, and was mixed by Matt Dematteo and mastered by SENSEI. The album’s artwork was drawn by internationally exhibiting Saskatchewan artist Zachari Logan and is reflective of the wild spaces and untamed personalities referred to in the record.
Sounding the Animal is preceded by three albums: Bow & Drill the Spark (2009), Wrapped in Plastic (2006), and Purple and Blue (2004), which was nominated for Outstanding Blues recording by the Western Canadian Music Awards. Winning awards and grants from FACTOR, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, CreativeSask, and Rawlco Radio, Lane’s recordings have received national airplay on CBC Radio and Rawlco Radio.
A multi-instrumentalist, Lane not only laid all of the guitar and bass tracks on Sounding the Animal, one might also catch her live making rounds on all of the instruments on stage from keys to drums. Honing her stage presence since she was 12 years old, Lane was the only female in a faction of young and talented Saskatoon guitarists (including Jordan Cook/Reign Wolf and Kyle Riabko) mentored by the national and international blues acts that frequented the city’s local blues bar. She’s appeared on the bills of Guitarmania, the Calgary International Blues Festival, the Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and Canada Day on Parliament Hill. Her performances have been nationally broadcast on CBC television and CTVs Good Morning Canada. Lane has shared the stage with Buffy St. Marie, Jeremy Fisher and solo-battled Colin James in front Queen Elizabeth the II and Joni Mitchell.