Live at the Ryman

Live at the Ryman

by Jonny LangJonny Lang


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Nashville's Ryman Auditorium may no longer be the home of the Grand Ole Opry, but it is still known for country music. Jonny Lang claims the venue for the blues on this live recording, however. Before an enthusiastic audience, he turns in a representative set full of energy and screaming electric guitar playing. The band seems amped up from the outset on "One Person at a Time," a statement of purpose as well as a plea to disc jockeys to play Lang's music and help him to platinum status. Elsewhere, he sings of love gone wrong and right, as well as his determination to succeed. His voice is one of those functional ones for a blues musician who is more of an instrumentalist than a singer, as if he'd taken lessons from Eric Clapton and Warren Haynes. The point is expressiveness more than hitting the right notes. The ten-minute "Red Light" is the show's centerpiece, a philosophical ballad that keeps threatening to turn into Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry" as Lang repeats "Everything is gonna be all right." "Thankful" is closer to gospel than the blues, which may be more appropriate to the venue. The songs are more than just platforms for Lang's guitar, just as the band is more than just musical support for it. But he is still a guitar hero, and this spirited performance only confirms that.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/2010
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072320079
catalogNumber: 32007
Rank: 8519

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jonny Lang   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Jim Anton   Bass,Vocals
Tommy Barbarella   Keyboards
Jason Eskridge   Percussion,Background Vocals
Barry Alexander   Drums
Sonny Thompson   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Tinsley Ellis   Composer
Prince   Composer
David Z.   Composer
Marti Frederiksen   Composer
Bruce McCabe   Composer
Levi Seacer   Composer
Jonny Lang   Composer,Producer
Anthony Hamilton   Composer
Kevin Bowe   Composer
Margaret Sampson   Composer
Shannon Sanders   Composer,Producer
Vito Colapietro   Composer
Mike Ronkainen   Engineer
Aaron Pearce   Composer
Drew Ramsey   Composer,Producer
Joe Hajek   Artwork
Neely Dinkins   Composer
Aaron Pierce   Composer

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