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Contact

To book a show or get in touch with a band representative please contact:

bookings@lhexpress.ca

Band Biography

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 Valeriy Nehovora (drums), Martin Newman (bass/vocals), and Megan Laurence (vocals) he has found his true means of self-expression.

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".

Collectively, the Lucas Haneman Express has opened for or performed alongside legendary bluesman Robert Cray, The Dave Matthews Band, Downchild Blues Band, Tal Wilkenfeld, Jerome Godboo, Steve Marriner, former Allman Brothers guitarist Jack Pearson, the late great Jeff Healey, 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, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Donnacona Blues Festival, West Coast Blues Downtown Shuffle, 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. Most recently, they headlined Music For The City of Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska.

LHE's reputation as a band offering a little something different to the Canadian Blues scene has been cemented by their quick and continued success. This is not your grandparents or even your parents blues! The Express takes a modern approach and pushes the boundaries of the traditional 12 bar blues. With expressive vocals, tight harmonies and a stellar rhythm section the band appeals to audiences from the age of 8 right up to 108.


Quotes

Rainey Wetnight of Blues Blast Magazine (2019)
“What the Express offers is so good it’s scary….”

Rory Stanbridge of FATEA Records UK (2017)
Lucas has been described by one sound engineer as "the greatest guitarist I have heard." Think Eric Clapton in his youth and at his best and you will understand this statement. Simple blues riffs or driving soaring guitar solos are all accomplished with equal skill by Lucas. His lyrics are never less than insightful and inspirational. This is best portrayed in the true blues track "Blind Man's Blues" where Luke muses autobiographically about his life as a visually impaired musician.”

Midwest Record - Entertainment Reviews, News, and Views (2019)
"Blasting through Canada like a zephyr with a mission, they know how to spread the party and keep it going all night long. Coming out of the box with a bunch of high level recognition, when they bring the party to your block, be sure to get on board."

John Kereiff of Music Reviews by the Rock Doctor (2019)
"I like Haneman's acoustic work on Ms. McGrim, and in other places he leans back and roars. Lots of different feels across these tunes, something for every mood. It's a record that doesn't want you to sit down and rest, at least not for very long ... Catch the Westbound is one of those albums that will have you saying "This is my favorite song... no, This one is. Wait; no, it's definitely THIS track", and I love that. The Lucas Haneman Express is a band that is acutely aware of their strengths, and this disc really puts you through the wringer-nicely done.”

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 Live Show

The LH Express has opened for or performed with artists such as Jerome Godboo, John Kadlecik, and The John Butler Trio. They have performed at legendary venues and festivals such as:

 

  • 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

 

Videos

"Hot Minute" (Official Video)

"Ms. McGrim" (Award Winning Video)

"Cold, Cold Front" (Live for The National Art Centre)

"Wicked Ride (Live for The National Art Centre)"

"That’s The Truth" (Live for The National Art Centre)

Live Reel from Music For The City Omaha 2022

Memphis Montage set to “Blind Man's Blues”

"The Verdict" NAC Live Stream 2021


Articles And Press

CityNews, April 10, 2022
Local band the Lucas Haneman Express holding concert fundraiser on Sunday for Ukraine relief

Ottawa Citizen, April 1, 2022
Ukraine: Voices from Ottawa — 'Music is the biggest healer of all'

BluesBlast Magazine, August 6, 2019
Lucas Haneman Express – Catch the Westbound | Album Review

BluesBlast Magazine, May 29, 2017
Lucas Haneman Express – Tearing Up The Rails | Album Review

Artsfile, April 3, 2017
Lucas Haneman talks about the back story to the blues

Ottawa Citizen, December 1, 2016
Blues guitarist Lucas Haneman brings the Memphis sound back to Ottawa

Apartment 613, July 9, 2016
Bluesfest Local Highlights: Lucas Haneman & the Lucas Haneman Express

Ottawa Citizen, January 26, 2016
Lucas Haneman: Happiness is Playing Guitar


Album Purchase

Welcome Aboard is available for purchase at the following websites:

Our Website

CD Baby

iTunes

Amazon.com

 


Other Links

Official Website
ReverbNation
SoundCloud
Facebook
Twitter

 


Equipment Requirements

Technical Rider
Lucas Haneman Express Technical Rider

The Lucas Haneman Express is a 4 piece band featuring:

Lucas Haneman – (lead vocals/electric guitar)
*1 SM 58 or equivalent vocal mic with boom stand, 1 SM57 or equivalent guitar amp mic, AC power for amp and pedal board.  1 DI if acoustic guitar will be performed at the show, 1 Fender amplifier of appropriate wattage (Deluxe Reverb or hotrod deluxe style amp is ideal for small venues), (a Super Reverb or Deville is ideal for larger festival stages).  If Fender amps are not possible, an equivalent Vox electric guitar amp will work, if amps are provided at venue or festival*

Megan Laurence – (co-lead vocals)
*1 SM 58 or equivalent vocal mic with boom or straight stand*

Martin Newman – (bass/backing vocals)
*1 SM 58 or equivalent vocal mic with boom stand, 1 DI for bass amp, 1 extra DI if electric and upright basses are both used, AC power for bass amp and pedal board. 1 50/100 Watt bass amp if provided at venue or festival*

Val Nehovora – (drums):
*drum mics and overhead mics for 5 piece drum kit + symbols and hi hat.  If drum set is provided, please supply 1 drum stool, 2 rack toms, 1 floor tom, 1 snare, 1 bass drum with bass drum pedal, 1 hi hat stand, 2 crash symbol stands, and 1 ride symbol stand.  A rug for the drum kit is also ideal. *

Under normal club/bar/restaurant venue gigging circumstances the band will supply 1 guitar amp, 1 bass amp, all guitars and basses, all pedals, and all drums to be used in the performance. *the band will not supply PA system unless absolutely required by venue* (please contact for additional pricing).

In typical festival circumstances the band will provide all guitars and basses, all pedals, and all drums to be used in the performance, but expects festival to provide backline amplifiers and drums minus breakables.

Frontline: The band expects indoor venues to have a functional 100+ watt PA system with 2 way speakers, 1 monitor and monitor mix per band member.  Soundman to be provided by venue.

Virtual Stage Set Up

The band's setup is very simple.  Lucas Haneman centre stage, Martin Newman stage left (the hi hat side of the drum set), Megan Laurence stage right, and Val Nehovora centre stage behind Lucas and slightly to the left or right if possible to make it easier for  the audience to see him.

Lucas Haneman guitar amp slightly behind and stage right from Lucas, and Martin Newman's bass amp directly behind Martin.  Martin, Megan and Lucas's monitors/mic stands directly in front of them, and Val's monitor on the hi hat side of the drum set.

If the venue is unable to provide any of the equipment above please contact Lucas Haneman to coordinate alternate arrangements:

lucashaneman@gmail.com

613-371-6663