At 19, Jonny Lang encountered what he calls the "craziest experience I've ever had." It was 1999, and the father of the Los Ange-les-based musician's then-girlfriend/now wife, Haylie, was on his deathbed. Lang was sitting with Haylie in her back yard, and the word Jesus inexplicably came out of his mouth, and he began shaking in his chair. Hours later, Haylie's father, Cliff, died. On that day, Lang felt a moment of strange calmness, the work of a presence he later believed to be the spirit of God. As the born-again Christian clarifies now, when the incident occurred, he had no intention of acknowledging that God existed--much less accepting His influence.
"[God] just literally introduced himself to me. It's cool; I'm glad He did it that way," he says. "I'm a person who is very skeptical, and I needed something like that to make me understand it."
To a similar degree, Lang's initial experience with the blues would be life-changing. When the North Dakota-bred musician was 12 years old, his father took him to see some friends play in a group called the Bad Medicine Blues Band. Lang was particularly struck by the guitar tone he heard and the energy of their performance. More »