Left Lane Cruiser with George Shingleton
Country Rock Singer Songwriters
Left Lane Cruiser is an American blues rock band from Fort Wayne, Indiana. The band comprises Fredrick “Joe” Evans IV on slide guitar and vocals with Pete Dio on drums and back up vocals.The band said that their main influence comes from the North Mississippi Hill country blues musicians, most of whom were or are currently signed to Fat Possum Records.
In July 2007, Left Lane Cruiser was signed to Alive Records. Their first nationally released album, Bring Yo’ Ass to the Table, was released on January 8, 2008.In September 2008, Left Lane Cruiser embarked on their first European Tour. The first few shows were cancelled due to issues with passports when arriving in the UK, forcing the two members to return to the United States for several days. Problems with passports were then resolved and Left Lane Cruiser resumed the tour.Their third album, All You Can Eat, was released on Alive Records, September 15, 2009. The song “Waynedale” from the All You Can Eat album was used on episode 8 of season 3 of the television series Breaking Bad.The band released its fourth album on March 1, 2011, on Alive Records, some of which was recorded with John Wesley Myers, the keyboard player for the Black Diamond Heavies, also signed to Alive Records.
Nashville-based country singer-songwriter George Shingleton releases his new single, “Talkin’ Whiskey” today, February 11, 2022, via Rock Ridge Music. Produced by Dave Pahanish (who co-wrote #1 songs recorded by Jimmy Wayne, Toby Keith, and Keith Urban), “Talkin’ Whiskey,” a twangy celebration of a favorite beverage, is the first of two singles from a still-untitled EP coming in summer of 2022. “Talkin’ Whiskey” premiered at Holler.Country earlier this week, who wrote of the song: “‘Talkin’ Whiskey’ is a stomping chunk of soulful southern country rock and an end-of-the-world drinking anthem for the ultimate last orders call, as Shingleton rolls his Sturgill-meets-Stapleton West Virginia drawl around the state of the world as it all falls apart… [Shingleton is a] very special country singer.”
“Talkin’ Whiskey” follows on the heels of Shingleton’s 2021 single release, “West Virginia Moon,” which came out in February of last year. In addition to the song being used in an episode of the TV show “Fly Rod Chronicles,” Shingleton was invited to drop by when the show was filming in West Virginia. Shingleton’s campfire jam session, which included “West Virginia Moon,” was also part of an episode of the show. Shingleton got additional TV attention recently when a co-write of his, “Restless Ways,” was featured in Paramount’s “Yellowstone” in December of 2021 in the penultimate episode of season four. Shingleton’s tracks have also been featured on a number of playlists, including Apple Music’s “Country Roads,” “Back Porch Country,” “New in Country,” and “Country Lovin’”; Spotify’s “New Music Nashville”; and Amazon Music’s “Fresh Folk & Americana.”
Shingleton’s album, Out All Nighter, was released in December 2020. The album, also produced by Pahanish, offered eight gutbucket country songs charged with chronicling the daily interpersonal push-pulls between sin and redemption. Glide Magazine praised the album, writing, “From the opening track ‘Handful of Hell’ with its confessional, pleading twang, it’s immediately clear that Shingleton is both a skilled song craftsman and a talented vocalist. His soulful vocals bring to mind the likes of Chris Stapleton and George Jones… Out All Nighter is packed with the kind of songs that would be hits in another era (and may even hit the mainstream considering the success of artists like Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson), with Shingleton straddling the line between outlaw country and Southern rock in his own original style.”