Fight for My Soul

Fight for My Soul

by Jonny Lang Jonny Lang


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Marketed as a blues-rock prodigy early in his career, Jonny Lang had considerable success at a young age -- in 2004, A Tribute to Jonny Lang was released, arriving nearly a decade into the guitarist's career when he was just about to turn 22 -- so perhaps it isn't a great surprise that the first decade of the new millennium found him a little lost. He found religion, then tried to fuse his beliefs with hard rock on a series of transitional releases, before righting himself with 2013's Fight for My Soul. If the title suggests Lang may still be sorting out spiritual issues in his songs, the album itself bears no conflicted musical personality. Ditching the lingering hard rock along with any outright blues jams, Lang dives headfirst into classic soul and R&B, its elastic, funky grooves allowing the guitarist plenty of space to solo, but this isn't a record where the intent is to showcase instrumental virtuosity. Working closely with co-producer and co-songwriter Tommy Sims, Lang puts the focus on song and, with it, allows himself plenty of little stylistic detours. The album opens exuberantly with "Blew Up (The House)," which brings to mind a harder-edged, streamlined Sly & the Family Stone; later, Lang does a full-on Motown pastiche on "River," and the gently acoustic "All of a Sudden" suggests Babyface's '90s productions. At times, his emphasis on stuttering funk and thick sheets of guitar recalls Lenny Kravitz -- "Breakin' In" and "We Are the Same" are in that mold, while "I'll Always Be" suggests the candied psychedelic ballads that are Kravitz's stock in trade -- but that is by no means a bad thing, as Lang and Sims have given Fight for My Soul a similarly appealing gloss, so the album is enjoyable as sheer ear candy, but underneath the surface this is Lang's strongest set of songs yet. It took a little while for Jonny Lang to find his groove, but Fight for My Soul proves that he needed the journey so he could arrive at this destination.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/2013
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072346673
catalogNumber: 34667
Rank: 81708


  1. Blew Up (The House)
  2. Breakin' In
  3. We Are The Same
  4. What You're Looking For
  5. Not Right
  6. The Truth
  7. River
  8. Fight For My Soul
  9. All Of A Sudden
  10. Seasons
  11. I'll Always Be

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jonny Lang   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jackie Wilson   Background Vocals
Javier Solís   Percussion
David Angell   Violin
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
Chris Bruce   Rhythm Guitar
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Marc Harris   Hammond B3
Tommy Sims   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Nikki Leonti   Background Vocals
Akil Thompson   Rhythm Guitar
James Waddell   Keyboards
Shannon Sanders   Synthesizer,Piano,Background Vocals
Jason Eskridge   Background Vocals
Barry Alexander   Drums
Dwan Hill   Piano,Keyboards
Tiffany Bastiany   Background Vocals
Jason Roller   Banjo,Mandolin
Sari Reist   Cello
Drew Ramsey   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Phillip Lassiter   Synthesizer
Gene Miller   Background Vocals
Pam Sixfin   Violin
James Grosjean   Viola
Michael Hicks   Background Vocals
Conni Ellisor   Violin
Luke Edgemon   Background Vocals
Melissa Hale   Background Vocals
James Anton   Bass

Technical Credits

Danny Duncan   Engineer
Tommy Sims   Composer,Producer
Jonny Lang   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
James Waddell   Engineer,beats
Shannon Sanders   Composer
Andrew Grey   Monitor Engineer,Drum Technician
Matt Ridenour   Composer
Greg Howard   Guitar Techician
Drew Ramsey   Composer
Michael Logen   Composer
Phillip Lassiter   String Arrangements
Dennis Dodd   Engineer
Jeremy Hunter   Engineer
Joel Mott   String Arrangements
Warren Termini   Guitar Techician
James Philip Lassiter   String Conductor

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