Sunday, 2 October, 2011 12:56 PM
CMA New Artist Spotlight: 'Christian
credit: Mark DeLong
country artist Christian Kane
2011 CMA Close Up News Service
Before getting into the
often raucous heart of The House Rules, jump ahead to the last track,
one of only two not written or co-written by Christian Kane. If
his cover of Tracy Chapman’s heartbreaking masterpiece “Fast
Car” is all you heard from this album released on Outlaw Saints
in partnership with Bigger Picture Group, you’d know that
Kane possesses depth as a lyric interpreter that stands him apart
from many of his peers.
to understand that from the top, because it lets us hear more clearly
that on the riff-slamming single and title track (written by Kane
and Blair Daly), the banjo-studded swagger of “Callin’
All Country Women” (Kane, Jerrod Niemann and Jimmie Lee Sloas),
and the steel sweetened rocker “American Made” (Kane,
Wayd Battle and Steven Carlson), his connection to the material
is unusually insightful. As a singer, Kane knows how to bring each
of these songs to life, whether an intimate narrative or a call
to party fast and hard.
Produced by Kane, Bob
Ezrin and Sloas, The House Rules combines the rough, raw edge that
comes from being born in Dallas and raised in Oklahoma, with the
sophistication Kane picked up after moving to Los Angeles and landing
the lead role of Ryan “Flyboy” Legget in the MGM syndicated
television series “Fame L.A.” He appeared in other TV
productions as well and stars today in his fourth season as tough
guy Eliot Spencer on TNT’s “Leverage.” But over
time more of his energy went to KANE, a band he founded with Carlson.
After they’d built a following in Hollywood clubs and a spot
on local Country radio playlists, Kane and Carlson cast their lot
entirely with music and moved to L.A.
With his good looks,
stage and camera charisma and genuine Country feel, Kane has already
gone far and is well positioned to go much further still.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
LOVE TO COVER
“‘The Rooster,’ by Alice in Chains.”
DREAM DUET PARTNER
FAVORITE MODE OF
“My ’67 Bronco.”
FAVORITE FOOD ON
“I’m a sucker for Taco Bell.”
“People that abuse authority ’cause they got beat up
in high school.”
On the Web: www.ChristianKane.com
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