"Stagnant" is one word that cannot be used to describe the career of bluesman Jonny Lang's 15 year career. Starting as a teenage prodigy from North Dakota in the mid-1990s, he blasted to the top of his genre in 1997 with the multi-platinum selling "Lie to Me." Over the next several years he toured the globe with Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy and even gigged at the White House for the Clintons.
After his faith helped him win a battle with the bottle in the first part of the 21st century, he came back with 2006's "Turn Around" - which won a Grammy award for best Rock or R&B Gospel album. Since then he has continued to tour like a beast - culminating in the recently released "Live At The Ryman" CD.
In order to keep things fresh, Lang's touring schedule this year has had more variety than a Baskin & Robbins store. In March, he hit the road with the "Experience Hendrix" tour with fellow guitar slingers Joe Satriani, Kenny Wayne Shepard and Brad Whitford (Aerosmith). On that run, the axemen took turns interpreting the work of the late, great Jimi Hendrix. South Florida may have missed out on that, but thanks to the format of his current "Live By Request" tour - local Lang fans have the opportunity to write Lang's set list for his Fort Lauderdale show at Parker Playhouse Sunday, May 23. All they need to do is head over to www.jonnylang.com and fill out the form found behind this link in order to request a tune.
Just please, don't get drunk and virtually request "Freebird." That would be wrong. You're supposed to do that in person.