Bio – Lane Murchison

Lane Murchison with Bird instructors.  Photo: Mitch Tobias.

Lane Murchison with Bird instructors. Photo: Mitch Tobias.

“I’m the  product of everything I see and I do.”
— Lane Murchison, Small Business

A possible case of ADHD may sound like an unlikely launching point for a musical career, but Lane Murchison traces his musical roots to the fateful day in fifth grade when he got suspended for drumming on his desk — and his teacher’s nerves — one time too many.

Fearing the worst, Lane faced his mother — who, without a word, collected him from the principal’s office, drove straight to the music store, and signed him up for drum lessons.

A week later he was in his first band. Today, that early passion for music and rhythm has evolved into a multi-faceted career that includes performing, commercial composition, music instruction, production and more.

Singer-songwriter Lane’s music has moved audiences in venues ranging from roadhouses like Applejacks and San Gregorio General Store to the San Francisco Symphony, Shoreline Amphitheater and The Fillmore. He regularly performs solo, in duos or as part of a full band, including Ape and the eponymous Lane & the Badass Chickenbones.

Lane’s songs have been used in national advertising campaigns for companies like Levi’s, Coors Brewing Company, Nike and Hilton Hotels, as well as in independent films like “Seven Days in February,” produced in association with NASCAR and Warren Miller Films.

Lane draws from his experience as a performer and instructor in his role as co-founder, president and studio director of Bird School of Music, which offers instruction and performance opportunities for children and young adults. Lane has selected and directed the band for Bird’s on-stage collaborations with American Conservatory Theatre’s Young Conservatory program.

In addition to his musical accomplishments, Lane has a cinematography credit for the documentary Filthy Gorgeous: The Trannyshack Story, the story of San Francisco’s queer punk drag queens.  It screened at film festivals around the country. See IMDB.

Listen to a podcast of Lane live on KZSU 8/30/10

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