Lance Gainer was introduced to music early in life. At the age of 5, Lance began playing the mandolin. While the support and encouragement he received by the adults at the pickin’ parties was fantastic, the lure of popular music and electrified instruments was too powerful. Throughout his teenage years, Lance participated in the school concert band playing saxophone, a jazz ensemble playing electric guitar, and a rock band playing electric bass. By the time Lance entered college he had altogether quit performing. As chance would have it a college buddy was a big fan of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The constant influence of this being played in the dorm apparently rubbed off as Lance soon was in the local store ready to add a ‘Dirt Band CD to his collection. As fate would have it the only selection available was “Will The Circle Be Unbroken Volume II”. It was New Grass Revival’s version of “Don’t You Hear Jerusalem Moan” on this CD that really caught Lance’s attention and ultimately led to the rediscovery of bluegrass. About the same time a family friend loaned Lance’s father a Martin guitar. On a break from college Lance picked up the guitar and officially restarted his bluegrass journey. The next momentous event occurred a few months later at the end of a jam session at a friend’s house. While folks were packing up for the evening the host put in a CD that had a profound impact. The CD in question was Lonesome River Band’s “Carrying The Tradition”.
Lance finally graduated from the safety and comfort of living rooms with friends. A local auction barn transformed into an open stage on Saturday nights and was the venue Lance began playing with “strangers” that soon became lifelong friends and even bandmates. Lance was a founding member of his first band License To Drive and recorded two CDs with this group. Lance took a break for a couple of years then joined the Buck & Company in 2002. This band recorded two CDs and toured throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Michigan. During this time Lance also released his self produced solo project “Lance Gainer & Friends” (2007) and was of member of the West Virginia Bluegrass Band who also released a CD in 2007. Lance spent four years performing with "No One You Know", a bluegrass band based out of West Virginia under the Mountain Fever Records label before the group disbanded in November 2012.