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Playing Around: Jonny Lang 

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After the release of his debut album, Lie to Me, then 16-year-old Jonny Lang found himself caught up in a maelstrom of fame, fortune and, above all, respect. Of a caliber and class a world away from most teenage boy performers of the '90s -- Usher, 'N Sync, etc. -- Lang was at once recognized as more than a passing novelty item. His guttural voice and blues-laden guitar playing express a talent and spirit not often seen ascending the Top 40 charts.

Lang draws inspiration from old-style musical legends such as Albert Collins and Luther Allison for his guitar compositions. Former band-mate and teacher Ted Larsen first exposed Jonny to the blues, helping to create the "full and dirty," simple sound Lang favors. While noted for his proficiency with the instrument, Lang's strength truly lies in his vocals. The sheer force of his performance is reminiscent of the late Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Lang has toured non-stop since his debut, sharing the stage with such greats as B.B. King, the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, as well as playing solo to thousands of screaming fans of his own, worldwide.

Joining Lang in concert will be Colorado native Nina Storey. With a voice compared to Janis Joplin and Tori Amos, Storey has performed at every major Colorado music festival, Lilith Fair and Woodstock '99. Both Lang and Storey will appear at the Colorado Music Hall Sunday night.

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