Jonny Lang learned how to play the guitar at age 12. At age 14, he was touring with a blues band as lead singer and musician. At age 15, he had a record deal with A&M. At age 16, he had a hit record, “Lie to Me.” At age twenty, he was starring in the movie Blues Brother 2000. He has recorded and toured with everyone from B.B. King to Cyndi Lauper. In 2006, he won a Grammy. He’s reached his early thirties now, but he still looks like he’s 19 at most. He’s going to be participating in Eric Clapton’s charity guitar blues fest at Madison Square Garden in April.
I’d love to go see him live some day. Obviously, his guitar playing is brilliant but what I’ve always loved is his singing — a haunted rusty voice that really shouldn’t have been coming out of a teenage boy. So here’s “Lie to Me” and then a later single of his, called “Red Light,” which has a cute video and I like the song a lot.