Great Guitars: Jonny Lang

Blues guitar virtuoso visits the GRAMMY Museum
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    Jonny Lang performs at the GRAMMY Museum's Great Guitar series on June 1
July 01, 2010 -- 10:01 am PDT

Guitar prodigy and GRAMMY winner Jonny Lang was featured in the GRAMMY Museum's Great Guitar series on June 1, discussing his guitar skills and lifelong love of blues music. In addition, Lang performed a few songs from his acclaimed musical catalog and took questions from the intimate audience of 200.

GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Vice President Scott Goldman moderated the discussion with Lang, who has toured with legendary performers such as Jeff Beck, Blues Traveler, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, the Rolling Stones, and Sting.

Lang first picked up the guitar at the early age of 12, after his father took him to see a performance of the Bad Medicine Blues Band in Fargo, N.D. Several months after Lang began taking guitar lessons, he joined the band, which was then renamed Kid Jonny Lang & The Big Bang. Following a move to Minneapolis, the band independently released the album Smokin' when Lang was just 14. Lang was signed to A&M Records in 1996. He then released Lie To Me in 1997, which was followed by the GRAMMY-nominated Wander This World in 1998. Lang’s gospel-influenced Turn Around was released in 2006 and garnered him his first GRAMMY Award for Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album. His most recent album, Live At The Ryman, was released via Concord Music Group.

Upcoming events at the GRAMMY Museum include Pamela Rose Presents Wild Women of Song (July 13), Musical Explorations: Rhythm Child (July 17) and American Express Presents An Evening With Train (July 19).

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