we are the Lucas Haneman Express
If Lucas Haneman’s musicianship could be summed up in two words, expressive and soulful are the first that come to mind. The LH Express is a fresh funky band with a sound drenched in poignant lyrics, blistering band interplay and gripping guitar solos. A musician widely regarded for his distinctive guitar work, Haneman has developed a one of a kind blues sound full of fire and constant musical curiosity. His vocal talents, writing ability, and melodic sense are the icing on the cake, that grab the listener, and keep them on their toes. Along with Jeff Asselin (drums), Martin Newman (bass/vocals), and Megan Laurence (vocals) he has found his true means of self-expression.
On their sophomore album “Tearing Up The Rails” (released online and live at The Rainbow Bistro in Ottawa on December 2nd 2016), the Lucas Haneman Express shows a deep and rejuvenating connection to the blues tradition, with gritty, passionate high energy material, some of which was recorded at legendary Sun Studios in Memphis TN.
Collectively the Lucas Haneman Express has opened for or performed alongside the legendary Downchild Blues Band, Tal Wilkenfeld, Jerome Godboo, Steve Merriner, blues legend Harrison Kennedy, and the John Butler Trio from Australia (just to name a few). The band has traveled as far as world famous Beale Street in Memphis TN, and London England for performances. Closer to home they have played at many venues and festivals around Ontario and Quebec including RBC’s Ottawa Bluesfest for 2 years (back to back), the Calabogie Blues and Rib Fest, The Upstairs Jazz Club in Montreal, Smoke Meat Petes in Ile-Perrot, The Limestone Blues Festival in Kingston, and many more.
The Lucas Haneman Express’s debut album “Welcome Aboard” (released April 2015) provided the band with a catalogue of original material that helped them win first place in the Ottawa Blues Challenge ((September 2015). This achievement advanced the band to the International Blues Challenge (in Memphis TN), where they emerged as high scoring semifinalists (January 2016). LHE’s reputation as a band offering a little something different to the Canadian Blues scene has been cemented by this quick success. Though not your grandparents’, or even your parents’ version of a Blues band, the Lucas Haneman Express has created an addictive new sound, that when given the chance will certainly win you over.
Debra Thornington from a Dawg FM radio broadcaster April 2015
“The Lucas Haneman Express has one of the freshest sounds I’ve heard in Years”
Larry Deszcz from Dawg FM in Ottawa – Review of “Welcome Aboard” May 2015
“The overall tone and production values of “Welcome Aboard” are excellent, the whole album has a fresh feel and a sound defined by great vocals and world class musicianship. … It must be said that all around this band is full of spectacular talent.”
Recording engineer Dean Watson – April 2015. Regional Contact. CTV
“Lucas Haneman is the greatest guitarist I’ve ever worked with.”
Lynn Saxburg (Ottawa Citizen) – January 25, 2016
“Music fans around Ottawa have been aware of Haneman’s prodigious ability for years, mostly from his work as a sideman with other artists, or his jazz-guitar gigs. The Express marks the birth of Haneman as the singer-songwriter-guitarist and frontman of his own band.”
Ottawa guitar legend Roddy Ellias. Ottawa Citizen. May 18, 2011
“What continued to amaze me… was and is, Lucas’s depth — his depth as a musician and his depth as a person. … I guess when you think about it, one reflects the other.”
- The Black Sheep Inn (Wakefield, QC)
- The Upstairs Jazz Club (Montreal, QC)
- The Mansion (Kingston, ON)
- The Limestone Blues Festival (Kingston, ON)
- Irene’s Pub (Ottawa, ON)
- The Branch (Kemptville, ON)
- The Rainbow (Ottawa, ON)
- The International Blues Challenge (Memphis, TN)
- Greenfields Pub (Ottawa, ON)
- Wet Willies (Memphis, TN)
- The Ottawa Jazz Festival (Ottawa, ON)
- The Flying Saucer (Memphis, TN.)
- The Ottawa Bluesfest (Ottawa, ON)
- Blues City Café (Memphis, TN)
- and many more