Singer-songwriter Jeff Lang has built up a reputation for startlingly original performances, working without a set list, allowing the unique energy of each night to shape the songs. While Lang will talk of his admiration for the elemental blues of Skip James, the raw gospel of Blind Willie Johnson, the devastating guitar work of Jimi Hendrix, the masterful slide guitar of Ry Cooder, and the sublime songwriting of Bob Dylan and Richard Thompson, comparisons to these artists fails to paint an adequate picture.
Jeff Lang is critically acclaimed as a truly great guitar player. The unusual thing is that the guitar playing never gets in the way of the music, nor overshadows his gift for hauntingly poetic songwriting. As a live performer Lang is only satisfied when something truly inspired takes place. This restless striving for the sublime pays great dividends for audiences that join him for the ride.
He has delivered show-stopping performances at festivals as diverse as Port Fairy, Woodford, Byron Bay, Mudslinger and Livid in his home land of Australia. On US radio he has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage and Acoustic Café, and he has performed at such festivals as the Dublin Blues Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Quebec City Music Festival, Falcon Ridge, Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival, Blissfest, and the Ottawa Blues Fest.
He has toured with Ani Di Franco, Chris Whitley, Albert Collins, Bob Dylan, Loudon Wainwright III, Richard Thompson, Greg Brown, Kelly Joe Phelps, Dr. John and Bob Geldolf, while his unique musical vision
easily finds a home in myriad venues, from a large festival stage to a small Irish club to the Sydney Opera House. In addition his 2002 collaboration with Bob Brozman won an ARIA award (Australia’s equivalent of a Grammy) for Best Blues and Roots Music album. Jeff Lang has achieved what is a rarity in the cluttered world of contemporary sounds: his own voice.
ABOUT JEFF LANG
“Australia’s best roots-music artisan.”
Jeff Apter, Rolling Stone
“Often hard and raw, sometimes sweet and melodic, and always innovative.”
“Anyone who sees and hears him becomes an instant fan.”
Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald
“A guitarist-singer-songwriter of the very highest calibre.”
Tony Hillier, Rhythms
“There are certain musicians who are so gifted, so astonishingly talented, so plugged into Something Bigger than we can imagine when they make music … I witnessed a show a couple of weekends ago that made me want to include Jeff Lang in that company.”
“He explores sonorities as eclectic as they are stunning…Lang’s only reference point is himself, a unique singer-songwriter-guitarist who follows his own path.” Le Soleil, Quebec.
“Seeing Jeff Lang was like being at church for three hours – a totally sacred event. He’s the man as far as I’m concerned.” John Butler
“Acoustic folk singing is rarely accompanied by particularly flashy guitar playing: often a few simple chords serve melodic story-songs well enough. But Australian guitarist Jeff Lang weaves remarkably skilled blues guitar around his songs, effortlessly playing complicated parts but never at the expense of the songs themselves.”
The Onion Madison WI Nov 2002
“Is he…rock…blues…country…folk…from Mars? No, actually he’s all of the above – if not quite extraterrestrial – and a lot more…a one of a kind.”
“Slide guitar so visceral you’ll crane your neck.”
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