"My wife literally cannot stop laughing," Lane says. "She just keeps saying, ‘I actually don’t even recognize you. Like, you look completely different.’"
"She likes the beard," the singer tells PEOPLE. "She says she likes this as well, but I know she’s lying."
Apart from his experiments in facial hair, Lane tells PEOPLE that he's been keeping busy in quarantine by "learning a lot of new things" while he waits until he can get back on tour.
In addition to mastering ribs on his charcoal barbecue and working on his yard, Lane says that he's been "getting better at the piano" and writing as much as possible.
"I’ve been writing honestly almost every single day," he says, adding that he's been collaborating on songs over Zoom.
"Not nearly as effective, but it kind of gets the job done," Lane tells PEOPLE. "I’m happy with one of the songs I’ve written during all this, especially given the fact that it’s been through Zoom. I’ve been doing that as much as possible."
Lane had to cancel is upcoming tours with fellow country artists Kane Brown and Rascal Flatts due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and while he "can't wait" to perform for his fans again, "a little bit of down time not’s gonna hurt anybody."
"I keep saying I’ll never take anything for granted again, now knowing that all this has been taken away for the time being," Lane says.
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