The last time blues singer/guitarist Jonny Langplayed Houston, he walked on stage, strapped on his guitar and was about to hit his first note before the audience realized he wasnt just some kid roadie tuning up the stars guitar. Yeah, hes that unpretentious. And since the 28-year-old Lang has spent more than half his life sharing the stage with biggies like Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Sting, no one could blame him if he did walk around with a little guitar-god swagger.
However unaffected he is off-stage, once hes performing, Lang is phenomenal. A monster musician playing the perfect blend of blues and rock with a healthy dose of Motown, Lang can make his guitar moan, screech, sing and growl often all in one song. Hes equally a good singer. Langs last album, Turn Around, was a departure from his usual repertoire in that it was essentially a gospel record. True, there were no hallelujahs or amens, but there was a message tucked into each song. (The choices you make might be mistakes / but its never too late to turn around.) The effort won Lang a Grammy Award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album.
Expect lots of tunes off Turn Around, along with A Quitter Never Wins, Red Light and his signature Lie to Me (the song that landed him on top of the charts when he was just 15). 9 p.m. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline. For information, call 888-402-5837 or visit www.hob.com. $30 to $85.
Fri., Feb. 27, 8 p.m., 2009