SATURDAY, APRIL 18 @ 7:30PM
HOYT SHERMAN PLACE, DES MOINES, IA
Doors 6:30PM | Music 7:30PM
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$68.00 | $53.00 | $43.00
(plus applicable fees)
Blues guitarist Jonny Lang returns to Des Moines, IA on Saturday, April 18 for a can’t-miss show at Hoyt Sherman Place!
About Jonny Lang
It is hard to believe that at 38 years old Jonny Lang has already had a successful career for two decades. Easier to believe when you learn he released his first platinum record at 15—an age when many young people are just beginning to play music. Lie to Me revealed a talent that transcended the crop of blues prodigies floating around in the late 90s. No flashy re-hasher of classic blues licks, even at that early age Lang was a full-blown artist with a style of his own. Also setting Lang apart from the wunderkind crowd was a 15-year-old voice that sounded like a weathered soul shouter. Actual life experience was yet to come, and has been subsequently chronicled in a series of five uniformly excellent recordings.
What began as a bluesy sound, influenced by electric pioneers like Albert Collins, B. B. King, and Buddy Guy, evolved over those recordings into a modern R&B style closer to Stevie Wonder and contemporary gospel music. Lang’s distinctive, blues-inflected licks appeared on every album, but became one element in a sea of passionately sung and tightly arranged songs.
His 2017 album, Signs, is not merely a return to the artist’s guitar-based beginnings, but an embodiment of an even more elemental sound. Beyond focusing attention on his soloing prowess, it is about recapturing the spirit of the early blues, where the guitar was front and center, fairly leaping out of the speakers.