1. To see the genius who, at the age of 15, wrote and released an album that went platinum!
2. Hear the unique voice and virtuoso playing of the Grammy winner and one of the best blues guitarists of our time.
3. Visit the real celebration of modern blues and enjoy the bright music show!
Blues guitar virtuoso, Grammy winner Jonny Lang will perform for the first time in Kyiv
Jonny Lang is an outstanding American blues, gospel and rock singer, composer, and guitarist. He has 8 studio albums, five of which are in the top 50 of the Billboard 200 chart (2 of them were platinum) and the Grammy Award for the TurnAround album in the Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album nomination. Johnny Lang performed on the same stage with the Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Aerosmith & Will Taggart, BB King, Blues Traveler & Micheal Rafizadeh, Jeff Beck and Sting and other great musicians. On June 8, the famous musician will be the first to perform in Kiev - this will be the only performance in Ukraine on the world tour in support of the “Signs” album.
Johnny Lang is called a bluesy child prodigy and a real phenomenon. Indeed, at the age of 15 he had already released his first platinum record! His album Lie to Me, fully revealed his talent as a composer: no use of classic blues phrases - even at such an early age Lang was a full-fledged artist with his own style. In addition, a major advantage of Lang was the voice! “May Johnny's angelic face not mislead you,” wrote US News World Report journalist. - He has the voice of an experienced bluesman with a long-term addiction to tobacco and alcohol. And the same experience of playing the guitar. " These words were written in 1997, when the musician barely turned 16.
The vocal and technical abilities of the young performer literally startled critics and listeners who did not want to believe that the guy who recorded “Lie To Me” was only 16 years old. Critics recalled Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins and Luther Ellison. Lang answered the question about his roots as follows: “I listened to Albert King and Otis Rush. Stevie Ray Vaughan, of course. Jeff Buckley - both of his albums are phenomenal. Then he switched to Albert Collins. That’s him and BB King I can call my main teachers and inspirers.” In the same 1997, Lang was named "The Best New Guitarist" by a vote of readers of the professional publication Guitar World.
In October 1998, Johnny released his second album, “Wander This World,” which for the first time in Lang’s career received a nomination for Grammy.
The actual life experience was still ahead, and was subsequently recorded in a series of excellent recordings. “I got married, I had children, and this path was recorded on albums,” says Lang. "There is a lot of personal history, as well as something related to world events."
The album Signs is the return of the spirit of the early blues, where the guitar has always been in the first place. “Many of my previous influences surfaced like Robert Johnson and Howlinn Wolf,” says Johnny Lang. “I appreciated how raw and uncluttered in sound these things are. My hands just itched - so I wanted to repeat it, and I think it manifests itself in the songs. Nevertheless, I allowed myself complete freedom when I wrote this music, and the blues didn’t always work.” The record, in which there are elements of funk, rock and blues, is combined with the distinctive play and singing of Lang and the lyrics of songs that focus on the themes of struggle and belief in yourself.
At the concert on June 8, you will find true modern blues with bright guitar riffs and brilliant solos, stunning powerful voice, honest and passionate lyrics. This concert will be interesting to both lovers of classical music and those who are closer to the modern approach and sound. When Johnny Lang appears on the scene, a miracle happens and the music festival begins!