With a top 5 Album on the “Roots Music Report: Top 50 Canada Album Chart” in 2019, and a nomination for “Best New Act” at the 2018 Maple Blues Awards, the Lucas Haneman Express is a soulful, fun-filled and electrifying musical ride!
The groups front man, Lucas Haneman, has long been widely regarded for his distinctive and explosive guitar work. With Megan Laurence (vocals), Martin Newman (bass), and Val Nehovora (drums), Haneman has found his true means of self-expression, with a one of a kind sound drenched in the blues, funk, and a little something they can call their own.
LHE have released 3 full-length albums to date including their debut CD “Welcome Aboard” (in April 2015), their critically acclaimed sophomore album “Tearing Up the Rails” (in December 2016), and “Catch The Westbound (in April 2019). They are currently working on their fourth studio album. They released the first single from it on October 4th, 2022 called “Hot Minute”.
“Catch The Westbound” their third album, shows a deep, all be it unique connection to the blues tradition, with gritty passionate material mixed by legendary producer Brian Moncarz from Toronto (Alice Cooper/Our Lady Peace/The Tea Party). “Catch The Westbound” achieved universally positive attention from both fans and music critics from around the world. The album received a great deal of airplay and had numerous appearances on the “top 50 Canada Album Chart Roots Music Report” throughout 2019, cracking the top 5 shortly after its release. The Express also won a 2020 Sapphire Music Video Award at The Maple Blues Awards for their music video "Ms. McGrim".
Lucas Haneman and The Express have opened for or performed alongside musicians in a range of styles including The Dave Matthews Band, the late great Jeff Healey, legendary bluesman Robert Cray, The Down Childs Blues Band, jazz trombonist Curtis Fuller, saxophonist David Newman, Canadian jazz legend Guido Basso, Australian bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, former Allman Brothers guitarist Jack Pearson, blues legend James Cotton, Canadian finger style guitarist Don Ross, Canadian rock band Sloan, and singer songwriters Terry Kelly and David Usher.
Members Lucas and Megan, competed at the “International Blues Challenge” in Memphis, Tennessee in January 2020 and were one of only two Canadian duo's to make the Semi-Finals. Laurence and Haneman also had the honour of recording with legendary producer Rob Fraboni (who has produced artists including Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Band, and many more).
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