The Epic 2017 Project #162: 170611
Jonny Lang – Lie to me (1997)
Growing up on his father’s farm near Casselton, North Dakota, Lang absorbed his parents’ record collection, stocked with Motown, Otis Redding and Steely Dan. He was 12 when his dad brought him to a gig by the Bad Medicine Blues Band, and 13 when he gave him his first guitar. Eventually, the band’s guitarist gave Lang lessons, and it wasn’t long before his very obvious talent persuaded the band to take the rather brave step of adding a 14-year old as its frontman.
Renamed ‘Kid Jonny Lang & The Big Bang’, the decision paid off as, another year later A&M Records, then home of Janet Jackson and Soundgarden, spotted him at a showcase in Minneapolis, and he was suddenly the latest in a trend of shockingly young blues-guitar prodigies that included Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Derek Trucks.
Lie to Me is Lang’s second studio album, released on January 28, 1997. It was Lang’s big-label debut, released a day before he turned 16.