The No. 1 song on Billboard's Country Airplay chart is by charmer Chris Lane, who'll headline the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach on Aug. 17.
The No. 1 song on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart is by charmer Chris Lane, who’ll headline the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach on Aug. 17.
Lane took the No. 1 spot Tuesday with his new hit, “Fix,” a country-pop tune specially ornamented with falsetto. It has more than 20 million streams on Spotify and over 3.5 million views on VEVO.
“Fix” is Lane’s first-ever No. 1 and also the first single off his newly released debut album, “Girl Problems.” The success of the song has opened new doors for him, including his current tour with Rascal Flatts.
“It got me on a tour I would’ve never dreamed to be on,” Lane said. “I grew up going to watch those guys in concert. The tour kicked off at the amphitheater I grew up going to. That was a special moment to me.”
A native of North Carolina, Lane originally had aspirations of playing professional baseball. But those hopes were dashed after suffering two ACL injuries.
Looking for an outlet, he turned to music in college and never looked back. After forming the Chris Lane Band, he released the group’s only album, “Let’s Ride,” in 2012.
Once going solo, Lane found early success with his single “Broken Windshield” in 2014, which peaked at Nos. 45 and 56 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts.
The smash hit “Fix” has catapulted Lane’s career to a new chapter full of promise.
What important things have you learned on tour with Rascal Flatts?
I’m kind of very similar to them in that I don’t take things too seriously. It’s good for me to see guys at a high level who joke around and cut up on stage. That just helps me so much more to be the same way, because it works. I see it working for those guys every single night.
What do you remember about your show at the Rusty Rudder last summer?
I love the location and the little beach town that it’s in. It’s a cool place with a good vibe. Last time I didn’t have any new music out. This time I have a whole record of songs out and my first No. 1 that I’m celebrating this week. I think it’ll be a little bit of a different show this time.
How does it feel to have your first No. 1 hit?
Man, it don’t even feel real, to be honest with you. I don’t know if it truly sank in yet. To put all that hard work in and see it pay off, it’s exciting and feels really good.
What was your vision for the album?
I wanted to keep a very similar sound throughout my record as people heard on “Fix.” And hopefully that’s what they grow to love. Not every song is going to have the falsetto, which is what we tried to make my thing. But a lot of songs do.
Naming it “Girl Problems” – there was a certain theme on the record after I listened to it again and started looking at the song titles. Every single song, for the most part, seemed to talk about some type of relationship problem, whether it’s a girl problem, a guy problem or whatever it might be for whoever is listening to it. I thought it would be very relatable.
The album is dripping with R&B flavor. Was that a big influence on you?
I grew up on Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. But I also loved Usher, Justin Timberlake and even Backstreet Boys, to be honest. And there’s so many more. But I feel like I’ve found the way to kind of use all those influences into making my kind of country music.
What’s one of your biggest girl problems?
Maybe my biggest problem is not having a girl right now. But I’ve been concentrating on my career and getting off the ground as a young artist, and enjoying the early parts of my career. I’m trying to work as hard as I can to take this thing to the next level.
What means more to you: playing baseball in a MLB stadium or playing a show there?
For me, it’d be playing music in an MLB stadium. I grew up playing football and baseball my whole life, so to be doing something totally different than what I thought I’d be doing right now is totally crazy to me.
What else is on the horizon for you this year?
I’ll be finishing up this tour with Rascal Flats in late September. Then I’ll be going out and doing a few of my own headlining shows in smaller clubs. Then I’ll finish out my year with Florida George Line.