For someone who began his career known as Kid Jonny Lang and released his first album at age 14, turning 30 is a significant landmark. And Lang admits that “I wasn’t really scared until it happened.”
“I didn’t freak out, but it’s pretty weird,” says the singer, songwriter and guitarist (born Jon Langseth Jr.). The teen blues sensation was born in North Dakota and now resides in Los Angeles. “It’s such a milestone. When you’re a kid you never think you’re gonna be 30 years old one day.
“All my other friends who are 40 and stuff tell me I’m just a kid still. I think they’re just trying to make me feel better.”
Lang isn’t planning to complain about his age when he tours with 74-year-old blues icon Buddy Guy — “I’m not even gonna bring it up with him,” Lang says with a laugh — and he’s not planning to slow down at all. In fact, he’s in the midst of making a new album, his first studio set since 2006 and, as far as his fans are concerned, a long time in coming.
“It feels like it’s been a million years to me,” says Lang, who took time to start a family including 3-year-old twins and a 9-month-old daughter. He hopes to have the album out before the end of the year. “I made a little attempt at recording some tunes about a year and a half ago, but it just wasn’t time yet. It was a little bit forced, so I just let it go and waited until it was right again.
“So it’s very right now — that’s what it feels like to me, anyway. I’m really happy with it so far. It’s gonna be good.”
Jonny Lang performs with Buddy Guy and Quinn Sullivan at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills. Tickets are $35 pavilion, $15 lawn with a $44 lawn four-pack. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.