JONNY LANG – Fight For My Soul
Fame does not seem to have impacted Jonny Lang. The country farm boy from Fargo,
ND, who got his start sixteen years ago in the local clubs of Minneapolis and found
incredible success with his major label debut album, Lie To Me, actually has managed
to survive the treacherous music business labyrinth quite well. The renowned guitarist,
vocalist and songwriter withstood the early, hot spotlight, fell in love and began
a family. Along the way he learned what could only be taught by experience, by struggle
and by love. That well-
"The inspiration for the songs on this record varies widely,” states Lang. “Some are about personal struggles; some are focused on injustices I have seen. Some are random, fictional stories that hopefully people can relate to in some way. 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 record. Much of what I've experienced through music and life in general is in these songs "
Lang’s full touring schedule combined with his first priority, his young family, is the primary cause for the length of time between new albums. "Between family time and being out on the road, I really had to pick my spots to fit in recording the new album,” he says. “Sometimes, the last thing you want to do when you’ve been away from home for a long time is to go into the studio. In the last year, we've been able to work on it more consistently and finally finish it.”
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Textured arrangements, gorgeous vocal melodies, and expressive guitar playing are
all found in generous abundance on Fight For My Soul however; the album defies categorization
by a single genre. For the last three years, Lang, along with producer Tommy Sims
As an artist Lang has evolved since the writing process began. For example, the track “What You’re Looking For” carefully layers banjo, guitars, spacey keyboards and a percussion sample to create a sonic dreamscape that beautifully underpins its story of the search for the essentials of life — faith, love, hope. Similar growth and artistic courage can be found on “We Are the Same” which evokes the freewheeling spirit of Motown’s Psychedelic Shack era, some of Lang’s favorite music and a side to his musicality he was eager to expose.
Lang’s four earlier studio albums were written and crafted under the careful watch
of his previous record labels. This one was different and it was a welcome change.
After the release of the GRAMMY-
Jonny Lang’s path has afforded him the opportunity to interact with some of the most
respected legends in music. On the way up, he shared the stage with the Rolling
Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith, Sting, and Buddy Guy, with whom he continues to tour.
As a 12-