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.