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Jonny Lang at Meadow Brook, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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We haven’t exactly been missing Jonny Lang during the past four years. The guitar prodigy from Minnesota, who’s still a youthful 36, still logs plenty of miles on the road.

But it’s been a minute since we’ve had some new music from the Grammy Award winning guitarist, singer, songwriter and band leader

Lang is making up for lost time with the Sept. 8 release of “Signs,” his first new album in four years and sixth overall. It was co-produced by Lang along with Drew Ramsey and Shannon Sanders and shoots wide, from the gritty juke joint flare of the opening “Make It Move” to the molten hard rock of the bitter end.

It’ll be another minute until “Signs” comes out, but Lang is happy to be trumpeting it on the road this summer, including some dates with blues legend Buddy Guy...

• Lang says by phone from his home in California that he didn’t plan to have such a long gap between albums. “I think it happens to everybody but, man, time just slips away from you,” he notes. “It feels like two weeks ago we did our last record, to me. There’s no particular reason for it. It’s just how life has worked out for me, between being with my kids and the family and stuff and trying to make a record and be on the road at the same time. It can be a little bit tricky to do everything at once.”

• Of “Signs’” diversity, Lang says that, “I gave no thought to that, and never really have. I just sort of write songs and if they make sense with the rest of the stuff in some kind of way then we’ll put them on the same record. There’s definitely some substantial ground covered with different styles and stuff. I hope it’s not too herky-jerky for the listener, but it made sense to me.”

• Playing shows with Buddy Guy has been a comfortable fit for Lang since he was a teenager. “It’s just such an honor for me, still,” Lang says. “Words can’t say what he means musically to me, just watching him over the years and feeling accepted by him and having him make me feel welcome every time I come around. I was playing with him and B.B. (King) and those other guys so early, it just happened before I even could formulate in my mind what that might feel or look like. It’s taught me so much along the way and it’s just so cool, man, so I really love that guy.”

If You Go

• Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang

• 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 8.

• Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills.

• Tickets are $25-$75 pavilion, $20 lawn with a $60 lawn four-pack.

• Call 248-377-0100 or visit palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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