CLEARWATER - Blues legend and six-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy and Grammy winner Jonny Lang announced a co-headline tour in support of their individual album releases scheduled for this year. The tour makes an exclusive stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.
This will be Guy’s first return to Ruth Eckerd Hall since his sold-out concert with B.B. King in 2010. Lang last performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall with the sold-out Experience Hendrix tour in 2012.
Six-time Grammy Award winner and 2012 Kennedy Center Honoree Buddy Guy released his new studio album Rhythm & Blues (RCA Records) on July 30. The follow-up to his 2010 Grammy Award-winning album Living Proof, this double-disc masterpiece features first time studio collaborations with A-list artists Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Gary Clark, Jr., Beth Hart and Aerosmith members Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford.
Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter and longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge, Rhythm & Blues captures the 76-year-young Guy at the peak of his creativity. Replete with heartfelt vocals, straightforward lyrics and mesmerizing guitar licks, Rhythm & Blues not only exemplifies how blues continues to be the foundation of all genres of today’s music, it also illustrates why Guy has been influential in the careers of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more.
In a career that spans more than 50 years with more than 50 albums released, the incomparable Buddy Guy recently added the NARM Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement in addition to the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors to his long list of achievements.
Guy is the recipient of 30 awards and accolades, including six Grammy Awards, twenty-eight Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C. Handy Awards), a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, the first annual Great Performer of Illinois Award, a Billboard Music Awards’ Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. In addition, Guy is listed as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine.
Sixteen years ago, at the age of 16, Jonny Lang found incredible success with the release of his major label debut album Lie To Me. Fame does not seem to have impacted him from being the same country farm boy from Fargo, N.D. who got his start in the local clubs of Minneapolis.
He survived the passage of youth to adulthood, fell in love, began a family, and in the process passed through the life lessons we all endure. He has a keen sense of what he aims to achieve creatively, what music means to him, and is focused on the impact his songs bring to the lives of those who encounter his repertoire.
For Lang, with the release of Fight For My Soul (due out on Jonny’s label SayRai Music this fall), he is entering a chapter wherein he has found his true voice.
Produced by Tommy Sims, who co-wrote Eric Clapton’s Grammy -winning Change the World, a sense of who Lang wants to be is the core of the album.
Lang shares, "The inspirations for the songs on the record vary widely. Some are about personal struggles, some are focused on injustices I have seen. Some are random fictional stories that hopefully can relate to people in some way that is a blessing to them. I’ve wanted to make this album for a long time.”
Featuring his own tour band (drummer Barry Alexander, bassist James Anton, rhythm guitarist Akil Thompson, keyboardist Dwan Hill and background vocalist Missi Hale), the album defies categorization by a single genre. The textured arrangements, broad world view, gorgeous vocal melodies, and expressive guitar playing are what define Fight For My Soul. It is unequivocally what Lang aimed to achieve over the long period he has been working on reaching a realized vision.
He offers, "Much of what I've experienced through music and life in general is in these songs. I really like reaching out and connecting with people. For me, this is what it's all about. It keeps it fresh with different experiences every day."
Reserved tickets priced at $75, $55, and $45 are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727-791-7400 and online at www.RuthEckerdHall.com.