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By Indiana Reed
Special to The PREVIEW
Grammy-winning blues singer/songwriter Jonny Lang is set to perform at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Wednesday, Oct. 23.
The band Honor By August will open the show at 7:30 p.m.
Since the release of his 1997 major label debut, “Lie To Me,” the then 16-year-old Jonny Lang has built a reputation as one of the best live performers and guitarists of his generation. A blues artist who respects and reveres the traditions of the past, Lang embraces the more complex and evolved genres, grafting them to the blues foundation to create a hybrid sound that is simultaneously traditional and fresh.
On any given night, audiences are likely to hear shades of R&B, soul, gospel, hard rock, funk and more. All of it is packaged in a high-octane guitar-vocal attack from an artist who continues to explore new horizons with confidence and enthusiasm.
Lang is currently touring in promotion of his new studio album, “Fight For My Soul” (Concord Records), the follow-up to his 2006 Grammy Award-winning album “Turn Around.”
“Fight For My Soul” has been lauded for its textured arrangements, alluring vocal melodies and expressive guitar playing. It is said to defy musical genre categorization.
On his website Lang, who still considers himself to be a work in progress on all fronts, musical and otherwise, notes, “In my own life, music has been such a powerful force, and I know that’s the case for a lot of people. I’ve seen how music can give people the strength to change. After years of witnessing that, it’s become more of a focus for me to write songs that really county. I’m a blues musician, but I’m also much more than that.”
Lang’s special guest, the band Honor By August, adapted its name from a literal definition: “Gaining honor by doing something admirable or awe-inspiring.”
The Washington D.C.-based quartet delves soulfully deep and delivers emotionally charged contemporary rock. Honor By August’s poetic sincerity and infectious blend of “atmospherics” with anthem-like choruses have drawn favorable comparisons to U2, Kings of Leon and Bruce Springsteen.
The band, made up of Michael Pearsall (lead vocals/guitar), Evan Field (guitar/piano), Chris Rafetto (bass/piano) and Brian Shanley (drums/percussion) is touring in support of its latest release, “Monuments of Progress.” Honor By August recently won Billboard’s World Song Contest and has been cited by the Washington Post as, “one of the most promising new talents on the East Coast.”
Tickets for Jonny Lang, with special guest Honor By August ($39/$43/$50) are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com or by calling 247-7657. All sales final.
The Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to Southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, and through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.