Jonny Lang has big news for his fans! The talented singer and guitarist is releasing his first album in four years, Signs.
On Sept. 8, Lang makes his return to guitar solos and honest songs with Signs. The album shows how his signature sound has progressed to become more elemental. He was able to do all that on this record thanks to the inspiration of some of his earliest blues influences.
“A lot of my earlier influences have been coming to the surface, like Robert Johnson, and Howlin’ Wolf,” he explains. “I have been appreciating how raw and unrefined that stuff is. I had an itch to emulate some of that and I think it shows in the songs. Still, I let the writing be what it was and that was sometimes not necessarily the blues.”
The glue that holds Signs together is Lang’s passionate songwriting. His lyrics on this record tell stories of embattlement and self-empowerment. “Some of the songs are autobiographical, but not usually in a literal way. The main goal is for folks to be able to relate to what I went through. If I can’t make it work using just my personal experience, I use my imagination to fill in blanks.”
Fans can immediately get a taste of the album with “Make it Move” and “Bitter End.” He released the latter today over at Guitar World.
“Bitter End is about humanity continuing to repeat the same mistakes over and over — are we just going to keep doing that until we are all gone?” he asks in a press release. “Or, are we going to learn from them, and allow for it to be a lesson that lasts, which we can do something with, and turn the past errors it into a positive before we end up in a place where we can’t come back from.”
Signs is available for pre-order now before its Sept. 8 release. The two releases are instant gratification tracks for anyone who preorders the album. To celebrate Signs, Lang is hitting the road for a North American and European tour. He’ll make his return to Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on July 11 and tickets are on sale now.