"In a world where music is diluted by money and plasticine, give thanks that Jeff Lang is out there... He paints pictures in sound.” Beat Magazine
Bluesfest is excited to welcome back Australian-based musician Jeff Lang to the festival in 2017. He has earned worldwide acclaim as a virtuosic guitarist, a dynamic songwriter and a startlingly unique live performer. With a back catalogue of 16 studio albums, Jeff has been featured at major festivals, pubs, clubs, arts centres and venues internationally for the past decade. Blending rock, roots, folk, Blues, ballads, instrumentals, improvisation and a devastatingly high level of musicality, Jeff Lang is a singularly unique performer in our world.
Jeff Lang’s newest record, Alone in Bad Company was released in early 2016. His most recent world music collaboration is Maru Tarang with Asin Langa & Bhungar Manganiya from Rajasthan & Bobby Singh. This group combines ancient Rajasthani folk music with Jeff’s individual “disturbed folk”.
Throughout his career, Jeff has been showered with achievements and awards - the most outstanding would be his seven ARIA award nominations, as well as his three wins in 2002, 2010 and 2012. His album Carried In Mind won the 2012 Aria award for Best Blues & Roots, was awarded Album of The Year by Australia’s roots music bible, Rhythms and won the National Folk Recording Award presented by Australia’s National Film and Sound Archives. Always one to experiment with genres and instrumentation, Jeff’s world music project Djan Djan won the 2010 ARIA for “Best World Release”.
Over the years, Lang has built up a devoted, almost cult-like following with his live performances. Working without a set list and allowing the unique energy of each night to shape the songs, Lang’s live shows have become much talked about. It’s been widely acknowledged that Jeff Lang is an extraordinarily individual musician. What enhances his unique nature is his steadfast adherence to a prolific and diverse musical palette and output. A songwriter, a collaborator, a guitar virtuoso and a stunning lyricist, Jeff Lang crafts songs as novellas - rich with depth and vision, yet with an open breath for individual interpretation.
“Jeff Lang is one of those people who has music dripping from his fingers.” Courier Mail, Australia
"He explores sonorities as eclectic as they are stunning...Lang's only reference point is himself, a unique singer-songwriter-guitarist who follows his own path." Le Soleil, Quebec
“We’re treated to moody atmospheric textures, ripping electric lap-steel riffs, delicate acoustic picking, trippy backwards leads, oddball percussion, throbbing tremolo, and unconventional lyrics – all of which Lang blends like some crazed sonic alchemist.” Andy Ellis, Guitar Player Magazine, USA