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Blues artist Jonny Lang comes to Beaver Creek on Wednesday

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BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center welcomes rhythm and blues singer and guitarist Jonny Lang on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eighteen years ago, at the age of 16, Lang unleashed his old-soul talent, impressing even the most established blues and rock artists with his prodigy-style guitar solos and rich, mature blues voice.

Through out his stellar career, he has shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith, Sting and Buddy Guy, who he continues to tour with today. He's had five Billboard chart toping albums and won a Grammy for "Turn Around." With Lang's new album, "Fight For My Soul," he continues to refine his abilities. Tickets to are $65 and are on sale now at the Vilar Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or visiting http://www.vilarpac.org.

A NEW CHAPTER

Jonny Lang first found incredible success with the release of his major label debut album, "Lie To Me." Fame does not seem to have changed him from being the same country farm boy from Fargo, North Dakota, who got his start in the local clubs of Minneapolis. He has a keen sense of what he aims to achieve creatively, what music means to him and is focused on the impact that his songs bring to the lives of those that encounter his repertoire. For Lang, with the release of "Fight For My Soul," he is entering a chapter wherein he has found his true voice.

The album defies categorization in a single genre. The textured arrangements, broad world view, gorgeous vocal melodies and expressive guitar playing are what defines "Fight For My Soul."

'WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT'

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"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," Lang said.

After Lang released Grammy winning album "Turn Around" in 2007, he made the decision to forgo the major label route and became an independent artist. The first result was 2009's "Live At the Ryman," but "Fight For My Soul," by its nature, is his first fully realized artistic achievement through his own label SayRai Music, featuring his own touring band: drummer Barry Alexander, bassist James Anton, rhythm guitarist Akil Thompson, keyboardist Dwan Hill and background vocalist Missi Hale.

"Recording with the band for the first time was really gratifying," said Lang. "They're all amazing musicians and we've grown together musically and personally by playing hundreds of live shows. This served us well in the making of 'Fight For My Soul.' Because of them, I have grown musically in ways I never thought I could, and it really is an honor to have them on this record."