Sounds Like: If Kris Kristofferson and Loretta Lynn had a baby; raised her on Motown, Leslie Gore, and the Clash; then let her join an all-girl hotrod gang at 15 (not that she would have asked permission.)
For Fans Of: Neko Case, Lydia Loveless, Holly Golightly
Why You Should Pay Attention: Country may be cracking the mainstream these days, but Music Row this woman is not. Lane arrived in Nashville in to make her first record, 2011's Walk of Shame, for LA's IAMSOUND. She worked odd jobs to survive – photo assistant for onetime chief Rolling Stone photog Mark Seliger, stunt driver in Miranda Lambert's "Fastest Girl In Town" video (she was too fast, they asked her to slow down, please) and pop-up vintage store owner. Then Lane met Dan Auerbach. "I was like, hey, what's up, wanna make my record?" she says. "Luckily Dan was like, come over, lets talk. We wrote a track that day." The Black Keys frontman produced her second album, All or Nothin', which came out this summer, and she spent May on the road with the Old 97's before circling the country on her first headlining tour. Says Auerbach, "She knows where songs are supposed to go instinctually. That's stuff you can't teach people."
She Says: "I've called myself the first lady of outlaw country. I don't want to lump myself in with Willy and Waylon, it's just that people have this impression that what's on Music Row is all that's going on in Nashville. I'm part of this other world. In the Seventies, there was a group of men that weren't adhering to the rules of pop country – they were doing cocaine and misbehaving. I smoke too much weed, but I don't really drink. I'm not misbehaving that bad. I just don't make the shit that's on country radio."
Hear For Yourself: Lane cast, styled and produced the video for All or Nothin's first single, "Right Time," wherein she plays a girlfriend-saving superhero of sorts. By Elisabeth Garber-Paul