Jonny Lang To Play Dates With Sting

Teenage blues phenom will share bill with former Police leader at 15 venues.

Nineteen-year-old blues prodigy Jonny Lang will take to the North American freeways this August for tour dates that include a stint opening for British pop star Sting.

The 22-city tour, which begins Aug. 10 near Lang's original stamping grounds of Sioux City, S.D., will criss-cross the country, focusing on the South and Southeast before finally wrapping up Oct. 6 in Salt Lake City.

Lang, like fellow teen blues phenom Shannon Curfman, hails from North Dakota. His hard-hitting singing and guitar playing meld elements of R&B, rock and soul into his blues.

His debut, Lie to Me, entered the Billboard New Artist Chart at #1 upon its 1997 release. His follow-up, Wander this World, earned him a Grammy nomination. "The Levee" (RealAudio excerpt), from that album, showcases Lang's exuberant style, which is informed by traditional blues vocabulary as much as by Jimi Hendrix.

Lang joins Sting on the marquee starting Aug. 22 in Phoenix. They'll wander this world together through a show scheduled for Sept. 10 in Hershey, Pa.

Jonny Lang tour dates:

Aug. 10; Sioux Falls Fair; Sioux City, S.D.

Aug. 11; Sturgis, S.D.; Buffalo Chip Campground

Aug. 17; Boulder, Colo.; Gavin Convention

Oct. 1; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium

Oct. 3; Missoula, Mont.; Wilma Theatre

Oct. 4; Boise, Idaho; Bank Of America Center

Oct. 6; Salt Lake City, Utah; Kingsbury Hall

Jonny Lang with Sting tour dates:

Aug. 22; Phoenix, Ariz.; Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion

Aug. 23; Albuquerque, N.M.; Mesa Del Sol Amphitheatre

Aug. 25; Dallas, Texas; Starplex Amphitheatre

Aug. 26; Austin, Texas; Frank Erwin Center

Aug. 27; Spring, Texas; C.W. Mitchell Pavilion

Aug. 29; Pelham, Ala.; Oak Mountain Amphitheater

Aug. 30; Antioch, Tenn.; AmSouth Amphitheatre Parking Lot

Sept. 1; Orlando, Fla.; TD Waterhouse Centre

Sept. 2; Tampa, Fla.; Ice Palace

Sept. 3; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Coral Sky Amphitheatre

Sept. 5; Atlanta, Ga.; Lakewood Amphitheatre

Sept. 6; Charlotte, N.C.; Blockbuster Pavilion

Sept. 8; Raleigh, N.C.; Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek

Sept. 9; Virginia Beach, Va.; GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater

Sept. 10; Hershey, Pa.; Hersheypark Stadium