Guitar great Jonny Lang hits the theater at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
If you go
What: Jonny Lang
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13
Where: MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Tickets: $50 plus fees
Blues guitarist Jonny Lang is 35 years old, but he’s already spent more than two decades in music.
The blues prodigy is set to play MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa this Saturday.
Lang released his major label debut, “Lie To Me,” in 1997 and has released five albums in the years since, building a reputation as one of the top live guitarists of his generation.
“On any given night, sweat-drenched crowds at a Jonny Lang performance are likely to hear shades of R&B, soul, gospel, hard rock, funk and more,” according to his online biography. “All of it is packaged in a high-octane guitar-and-vocal attack from an artist who has covered countless miles since his teenage years, and continues to explore new horizons with unbridled enthusiasm.”
Lang’s musical career has its roots in a performance by the Bad Medicine Blues Band in Lang’s hometown of Fargo, North Dakota, at age 12. His father took him to the show and Lang soon began taking lessons from the band’s guitarist, Ted Larsen. He had landed a spot in the band by the time he was 13.
“The group moved to Minneapolis, renamed itself Kid Jonny Lang and the Big Bang, and recorded the independently-released ‘Smokin’ in 1995. ‘Lie To Me,’ the 1997 followup album propelled by a hit title track, introduced the 16-year-old Lang to a nationwide audience,” according to the bio. “The young guitarist’s affinity for funk, soul and gospel was already apparent on ‘Lie To Me,’ as well as the Grammy-nominated ‘Wander This World,’ released in 1998.”
Lang released “Long Time Coming” in 2003 and, following his Grammy-winning 2007 album “Turn Around,” struck out on his own as an independent artist with 2009’s “Live at the Ryman.” Lang released his most recent album, “Fight for My Soul,” in 2013. The album has been described as his most fully realized musical vision yet.
“The inspiration for the songs on the record vary widely,” Lang said in a press release for the album. “Some are about personal struggles, some are focused on injustices I have seen. Some are random fictional stories that hopefully can relate to people in some way that is a blessing to them. I’ve wanted to make this album for a long time. Creatively, I think there is a lot more going on inside of me than I’ve been sharing on recordings.”
The album includes vocal melodies and expressive guitar playing representative of modern blues, while also paying reverence to the blues of the past.
“‘What You’re Looking For’ carefully layers banjo, guitars, spacey keyboards and a percussion sample to create a sonic dreamscape for its story of searching for life’s essentials — faith, love, hope,” according to a press release for the album. “The arrangement of ‘We Are the Same’ evokes the freewheeling spirit of Motown’s Psychedelic Shack era.”
During his career Lang has shared the stage with the Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith, Sting and Buddy Guy. Later this month he’ll return to the Experience Hendrix Tour, playing shows on the East Coast, in the South and Midwest with a variety of other artists paying tribute to the left-handed guitar great.
Lang plays MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa Saturday, Feb. 13. The casino is located at 55 U.S. Highway 50 in Stateline.
More information is available at http://www.montbleuresort.com.