Blues-rock guitar ace Jonny Lang will release the new studio album Signs on 8 September. His sixth major label release and first since Fight For My Soul in 2013, it will be out on Concord in North America and via Provogue/Mascot in Europe. Lang will support the release with extensive tours of both regions.
The record, fuelled by Lang’s powerful mix of blues, rock and funk, has lyrical themes that address embattlement and self-empowerment. “Some of the songs are autobiographical, but not usually in a literal way,” he says. “The main goal is for folks to be able to relate to what I went through. If I can’t make it work using just my personal experience, I use my imagination to fill in blanks.”
Here’s a preview of the album in the form of the just-released ‘Make It Move’:
Signs was produced by Lang with Drew Ramsey and Shannon Sanders, with Josh Kelly helming ‘Bring Me Back Home.’ “Josh and I cut six or seven songs together and had a blast doing it,” says Lang. “I’m saving the other ones for who knows what, but I definitely wanted that one to be on this record.”
Still only 36, Lang has been a significant figure in music for more than 20 years. His first, independent album Smokin’, credited to Kid Jonny Lang and the Big Bang, appeared in 1995, followed by his major label debut for A&M, Lie To Me, in 1997. It went gold within three months of its chart entry, and platinum in a year for US shipments of one million.