March 28 @ 5:30 pm
Country artist Chris Lane will be performing Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at MSU, Mankato’s Bresnan Arena. The event is being hosted by the Student Events Team and Minnesota 93.
The concert is for all ages and tickets go on sale on January 24 at 10 am. Students can purchase a ticket for $15.00. Limit one ticket per student. There is a cost for attendance for the public is $25 and VIP tickets are selling for $40 and there are only 50 tickets so be sure to order in advance! Tickets may be purchased online at www.mnsuevents.com or at Minnesota State Mankato’s Student Activities front desk, located in the Centennial Student Union, Room 173.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. on concert night, and there is no re-entry to the concert once a patron leaves. Parking will be available in Lot 20. No outside food, beverages, backpacks or flash photography is allowed. Minnesota State Mankato bans weapons on campus and is an alcohol, drug, and tobacco-free campus. Use of substances will result in removal from the concert.
VIP pre-party tickets are $40 for students and the public. The pre-party begins at 5:30 p.m. from the exclusive party perch overlooking Bresnan Arena. This VIP pre-party also includes free food, beverages, signed merchandise, exclusive seating and front row access.
“I had a moment where I played a show with Kenny Chesney,” the lifelong country fan explains. “It was a festival right on the beach, and I watched him do his thing and I watched the crowd, and there was just something special about that night. 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.’”
With Girl Problems, the 2016 album that launched Lane as one of Nashville’s most exciting new artists, the singer-songwriter got a taste of that connection. Its red hot romantic edge led to back-to-back, Gold-certified singles (“Fix” and “For Her”) and the first Country Radio #1 of his career, propelling the set to a Top 10 debut and sending Lane on tour with superstars like Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – all while helping him rack up 400 million digital streams worldwide, network TV appearances, and more.
But with Laps Around the Sun, this rising star had a bigger, bolder picture in mind, aiming for tunes “everybody can love, and everybody can feel.”
“There’s a certain vibe to this album,” Lane says, describing the serene confidence behind his new brand of modern country. Romance is still a big part of the equation, but now his stories dig deeper – somehow feeling both personal and universal at the same time. And instead of being lit by streetlights and neon, each song basks in the golden rays of a summer afternoon. “It’s a change for me this time around,” Lane says. “But this is what I truly love.”
Produced once again by studio ace Joey Moi (FGL), Laps Around the Sun feels more organic, building off the sandy arrangements of artists like Chesney and Billy Currington with an added touch of new- school cool. Lane and Moi recorded with a live band for the first time, fleshed out melodies on guitars rather than computer screens, and eased Lane’s vocal into its timeless natural register.
Fourteen tracks written by hitmakers like Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley, Hillary Lindsey, and The Warren Brothers made the cut – and in an important lesson learned while Lane put his “laps” in on tour, they were all chosen based on meaning and personal connection, not purely on energy or feel.
The album’s first single, “Take Back Home Girl” (featuring Tori Kelly) marks Lane’s coming of age. It builds on the sultry swagger of Girl Problems, but he and the Grammy-nominee aren’t singing about a steamy downtown hookup. Instead, the track reveals who Lane really is – a true country boy with deeply rooted family values – becoming Lane’s third Gold-certified single in a row.
The patient “I Don’t Know About You” charts a similar course – a hard-crushing, swollen-hearts anthem sure to inspire stadium-wide sing-alongs – while “Number One” takes a soulful look at regret, and “Without You” adds Danielle Bradbery for some sun-kissed romantic harmony.
On “Drunk People,” Lane’s good-natured sense of humor shines brightly. The grinning mid-tempo is just smooth enough to not aggravate a hangover headache but edgy enough to admit that drunk people do dumb things … like, get back together. “That song is me to a ‘T,’” Lane says with a laugh. “Every time I have one too many tequila drinks, I think I’ve gotta FaceTime every girlfriend I’ve ever had.”
Still, Lane named the album Laps Around the Sun for a reason, and the title track reflects how he feels about his journey to the here and now. Supremely relaxed, soulful, and full of mature optimism, it describes a hand-in-hand adventure which could be about Lane and the girl of his dreams … or it could be about Lane and country fans. Either way, he promises to keep on moving forward, together.
“I’ve learned a lot,” Lane admits. “With my first record, I was trying to figure out exactly what kind of sound I wanted to have, and now I know. I know what I truly love and what kind of artist I want to be. My goal was to make sure anyone who hears this album finds a song they can relate to. I hope I accomplished that.”