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Broken Windshield View
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Chris Lane’s debut single ‘Broken Windshield View’ will play well on any additional Florida Georgia Line tour dates this year or next. The small-town, country boy rocker is produced by the duo’s producer. Joey Moi turns down the volume slightly, creating some separation between the two acts.

Pickup trucks, cold beer, pretty girls and a brown paper sack filled with something strong are the benchmark images of this track from the Kernersville, N.C. native. Lane fronted the Chris Lane Band before launching a solo career in Nashville. It’s not clear if the same group of players (including twin brother Cory on drums) are still with him. As a group, they created a buzz touring around the Tar Heel State.

My wheels have rolled all this red dirt / My hands have got scars from the hard work / Me and my friends unwind on the outskirts / Our Friday nights might get a little black and blue,” Lane sings at the chorus of ‘Broken Windshield View.’ “I’m out here ridin’ high on the lift kit / I see the world through a crack where a rock hit / I am who I am I do what I do / Lookin’ at life from a broken windshield view.”

Moi and Lane find country’s center with this track from a forthcoming album. The singer’s style is less aggressive than that of FGL. Comparing the two acts is fair, as Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard have helped bring the former UNC-Charlotte baseball player along in the last year or two. The second verse is one that could easily be dropped in one of their tracks:

A truck bed’s got a half roll of barbed wire / A bale of hay and a patched up spare tire / Cross on a chain hangin’ from a rear view / Fifth in a brown paper sack packin’ 80-proof.

Lane shows vocal range on ‘Broken Windshield View.’ The road warrior (500 shows and counting) comes with a well-groomed backing band, meaning his live show will only leave fans more excited about what he has to offer in the future.

Why Fans Will Love It: Fans of Florida Georgia Line are going to dig this straight-forward country rocker.

Key Lyrics: “I’m out here ridin’ high on the lift kit / I see the world through a crack where a rock hit / I am who I am I do what I do / Lookin’ at life from a broken windshield view”

Did You Know?: Both Chris and Cory Lane played baseball at UNC-Charlotte, but ACL injuries ended the singer’s career. He was an outfielder, while Cory — who was drafted by a pro team but opted not to play — was an infielder.

Listen to Chris Lane, ‘Broken Windshield View’

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