LET IT BURN DOWN: Jonny Lang’s “Blew Up (The House)” kicks the pulse of blues-pop up a notch

Though many of us could be forgiven for not knowing Jonny Lang still had a recording presence, he returns today after a seven year absence with Fight For My Soul, which contains a surprisingly catchy first single — “Blew Up (The House)”, which features a man saving his soul by burning down all vestiges of his prior life “just to watch it burn down.” The song features as crunchy a groove as the young bluesman has yet produced, coupled with a Greek chorus of vocals which reminds this critic of Star Turtle-era Harry Connick Jr.

Rest assured, once you hear this song, you won’t forget it easily. And you’ll be likely to want to seek out the remainder of Fight For My Soul, which looks to be the musical maturation of a man who’s spent half his life reveling in all things blues. If you wondered, when hearing Lie To Me back in ’96, just how good this kid would sound like with some experience under his belt, the new material quickly, assuredly answers: “pretty damned good!”

For the tour-minded among you, Lang can be spotted in Minneapolis on September 18th, to be followed by a series of shows in the Midwest and along the east coast, before he hits Europe in October.

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5 thoughts on “LET IT BURN DOWN: Jonny Lang’s “Blew Up (The House)” kicks the pulse of blues-pop up a notch

  1. I LOVE JL, and I feel like a bad fan right now, because I had no idea he had a new album out. I have all of them, even the Live at the Ryman album that I got from Cracker Barrel for godsake. How did I not know this?? THANKS.

    • Haha, well that IS an advantage. I usually will randomly look up different artist that I like to see what they are doing. Also “spotify” usually shows new albums that have come out, but I don’t even remember seeing this mentioned anywhere.

      • The promotions were very grassroots. Not much advance buzz. Glad you’re liking the blog — would love your feedback on the new podcast πŸ™‚ ep 3 will go up soon (delayed by Thanksgiving)

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