Chris Lane will ask your name at The Sig­nal

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Chris Lane ex­pe­ri­enced one of life’s “a- ha mo­ments” while watch­ing a Kenny Ch­es­ney con­cert last year.

Lane, who opened for Ch­es­ney, was watch­ing the su­per­star in­ter­act with the No Shoes Na­tion and ad­mired the con­nec­tion be­tween artist and fans.

“I hadn’t seen him in a long time, and the way peo­ple con­nected to what he was do­ing … I had one of those mo­ments like, ‘ Man, I re­ally want my mu­sic to do that,’” says Lane on his web­site.

With the July re­lease of “Laps Around the Sun,” it ap­pears the ris­ing coun­try artist is ac­com­plish­ing that.

The al­bum’s first sin­gle, “Take Back Home Girl,” a duet with pop singer Tori Kel­ley, reached No. 8 on Bill­board’s Coun­try Air­play chart.

His cur­rent si ngle, re­leased at the first of this month, is “I Don’t Know about You.” It’s a se­duc­tive lit­tle pickup song start­ing to pick up air time on coun­try ra­dio. With each per­for­mance, fans know all the words, sing along and wave tat­tooed wrists in the air in re­sponse to the lyrics: What’s your name? What’s your sign? What’s your birth­day? What’s your wrist tat­too Bi­ble verse say? What’s your dream job? Girl where’s your home­town?

What makes your world spin round and around

Are you down to get out of here, too?

Tell me ev­ery­thing till there’s noth­ing I don’t know about you.

Lane will likely get that re­ac­tion when he plays The Sig­nal on Fri­day, Sept. 28, at 8: 30 p. m. Open­ing for him will be an equally pop­u­lar coun­try act, Smith­field.

“Girl Prob­lems,” Lane’s 2016 al­bum made him a break­out artist with two gold- cer­ti­fied, back- to­back sin­gles: “Fix” ( his first No. 1 sin­gle) and “For Her.” That buzz got him gigs on tours with Flori da Ge­or­gia Line, Tim Mc­Graw and Faith Hill as well as TV ap­pear­ances.

He says his goal for “Laps Around the Sun” was to cre­ate mu­sic that “every­body can love and every­body can feel.”

Its 14 t r a c ks were writ­ten by top Nashville song­writ­ers such as Rhett Akins, Ash­ley Gor­ley, Hil­lary Lind­sey and The War­ren Brothers. And Lane says all the songs were cho­sen based on mean­ing and per­sonal con­nec­tion, not just their en­ergy or feel.

Smith­field, the duo of Trey Smith and Jen­nifer Fielder, is known for the smash hit “Hey Whiskey.” In Au­gust, Smith­field re­leased “Our World,” a sum­mer an­them that takes lis­ten­ers back to their teen years.

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