Saturday, January 29, 2011

"Lie To Me" by Jonny Lang

Hard to believe, but Jonny Lang was just 15 when he recorded this song, and the album Lie to Me was released just one day before his sixteenth birthday in 1997. That said, it wasn't even his first album but his second, the independently-released Smokin by Kid Jonny Lang & The Big Bang having already come out in 1995*.

Jonny Lang began playing the guitar at the age of 12, after his father took him to a Bad Medicine Blues Band gig in Fargo; shortly thereafter he began taking lessons from Ted Larsen, the band's guitar player, and it was only a few short months later Lang joined the band himself.

Today Lang turns 30, and the sheen of his early prodigality has yet to wear off; in 2006 Lang won his first Grammy Award for the gospel-tinged album Turn Around. Like Kenny Wayne Shepherd - another spooky white kid who seemed to know exactly what to do with a guitar from the minute he picked one up - Lang has played a crucial role in the rebirth of interest in the blues over the past dozen years.

*When he was 13!

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