Lucas Haneman is an award-winning guitarist, singer, and songwriter who lives in the Ottawa area. His group, The Lucas Haneman Express, has released three albums, and he has toured across Canada, The United States and The United Kingdom. Oh, and did I mention that Haneman has been legally blind since birth?
For musicians, our hearing is our most important sense, and Lucas has been able to develop his to an incredible degree. He studied jazz at Concordia University in Montreal, and was a recipient of The Oscar Peterson Scholarship. Despite being formally trained in jazz, Lucas also wanted to keep active in the other musical styles that have shaped him, including rock, blues and rockabilly.
In 2014, he formed The Lucas Haneman Express, and as I mention in the introduction to the episode, they use a train/railroad theme, which is perfectly fitting as a metaphor for Lucas’ career. They have released three albums, and we discussed how they had the opportunity to record at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Sun was home to Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and a who’s who of other R&B and rock and roll musicians.
The band was also a Maple Blues Award nominee with their 2019 release, ‘Catch the Westbound’. Their three albums have generated significant radio play, and received positive reviews worldwide. Lucas has worked with a long list of incredible musicians, including Jeff Healy, bluesman Robert Cray, Curtis Fuller, The Down Childs Blues Band, David Newman, Canadian jazz legend Guido Basso, finger style guitarist Don Ross, Sloan (rock band), Terry Kelly and David Usher.
Lucas has kindly shared a new song with us, and it is called ‘Quarantine Road’. Due to the quarantine, he had to record all of the parts himself, and his spouse Megan sings backup vocals with him. It’s a great tune, with a real blues feel, and I know that you’ll enjoy it.
Lucas is married to fellow band member Megan Laurence, and they have a daughter. I am grateful to him for having taken the time to do an interview, and very much look forward to sitting down with him in person.
A final note: at one point during our interview, my phone started ringing. Normally I would edit that out, but since it was Ric Denis calling, and since Lucas and I both know Ric and were talking about him during the episode, I left it in.