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If you talk about country music and piano players no doubt names like Phil Vassar, Charley Pride, Jerry Lee Lewis and Charlie Rich will come up in the conversation. One name that might be coming up in the near future during one of these conversations might be that of Lance Lipinsky.

Hailing from the music rich area of Winberley, Texas (just a hop, skip and a jump from Austin) Lance is one of those artists whose musical talent was based on a firm foundation of rock music Americana. At the age of 11, Lance's phys ed teacher taught him the Elvis iconic song, "Heartbreak Hotel". Musical icons like Buddy Holly and the surf band, The Ventures, did give Lance real inspiration to learn more about music. But when he discovered Jerry Lee Lewis and what magic he showed with the piano, it was clear to Lance what instrument he wanted to use primarily. Moving to Las Vegas at 17 gave Lance the chance to become a find tribute artist portraying Jerry Lee. Lance's ability to play the piano and portray Jerry Lee Lewis has taken him around the world. Lance has also gotten to meet Jerry Lee. He says, "I was born way too late. Although I appreciate the time I'm living in and love all types of music, I am a constant student of the 1950s. Although there's definitely a lot of Jerry Lee influence, it comes naturally. I don't try to copy him verbatim. I'm always myself on stage and the audience can sense sincerity. I don't believe in rules when it comes to music or performing, and we're here to have a good time."

A good time, as Lance puts it, is definitely what you see when Lance performs, and not just the work of other artists, either. As with any other artist who performs the works of other musicians through a tribute band format, the audience always wonders what personal talent lies behind the artist being portrayed. You don't have to look far to answer that question about Lance's talent, though, as that is the reason he became one of the top finalists for the 2009 Colgate Country Showdown. Finalist for this competition include Billy Dean, John Michael Montgomery, John Berry, Billy Ray Cyrus, Martina McBride and Garth Brooks, just to name a few.

The one thing you will take away from the time you watch Lance and his band (Adam Reynolds on lead guitar, Aaron Covington on standup bass and Nat Thompson on drums) play is their ability to make you appreciate the song styles of the past, as well as give you the feeling they'll be making more original music that will sound just as good if not better.

To find out more about Lance (tour dates, new releases, etceteras) go to his webpage at: http://www.lancelipinsky.com.