Jordie shows his funny side
Jordie Lane will perform at the final Paperback Session for 2012. Photo: Supplied
A teenage foray into the world of comedy left Jordie Lane with an undeniable love of the spotlight.
The 2004 comedy show Scotty and Son that he worked on with his mother - Australian actress and comedian Denise Scott - sparked his interest in a career on the stage.
''We did, like, 30 sold-out shows in a row and it was really exciting,'' he says.
''From there I got the bug for wanting to be on stage … I went and did some open-mic nights and started getting gigs and it sort of flowed on from there.''
Lane says he really liked the idea of being a comedian and thought seriously about pursuing it as a career.
''But when I talked to my friends they said 'Jordie, you need to be funny to be a comedian,' '' he says.
So instead Lane resolved to go down another road, chasing the elusive dream of being a musician.
The blues/folk singer-songwriter has just dropped his latest single, Fool For Love, and is touring the country to celebrate.
He will perform an intimate solo gig at this year's final Paperback Session at Smiths Alternative Bookstore.
He promises however, that he hasn't entirely abandoned his comedic roots.
''I don't mind crackin' a few jokes,'' he says.
''I'll try and stay silent and just play songs and then some weird stories about my childhood or family stories … seem to come out in the show and it seems to work well.
''It almost sometimes takes over my show. My band kind of looks on tiresomely, like 'oh no, here he goes again.'
''This show I'm coming to do in Canberra I'll be solo so I can rant and rave as much as I like.''
This will be Lane's second Canberra gig in the space of a few weeks, having recently performed here as the support act for veteran English musician Billy Bragg.
He says he learnt a lot from the music icon, describing him as ''the king of ranting and raving''.
''He was very generous to me … getting me up on stage with him, giving me advice and joking around,'' he says.
''That was good. Other big artists that you tour with you might not even get to meet them or shake their hand the whole tour.''
Following a big night out after the Canberra gig, Lane remembers Bragg passing on some sage advice.
''He said, 'See Jordie, you're going to have to make a choice between going out, getting boozy, chasing girls with short skirts and you're going to have to choose sleep, that's what I do, choose sleep,' '' Lane says.
''He was always giving me his two cents about how to stay healthy on the road and things like that.''
While he can't confirm whether he took that advice on board, Lane does hope some of his stardom may have rubbed off.
The up-and-coming musician has spent much of the past year living out of a suitcase while touring Canada and America.
He'll be heading back to the US in January to finish off his third record and hopes to have it released in Australia soon after.
WHERE: Smiths Alternative Bookshop
WHEN: November 22 from 7.15pm
TICKETS: At the door and from trybooking.com