Lang Says You Don’t Need Misery To Play The Blues

July 1 [16:00 EDT] — While guitar prodigy Jonny Lang is barely old enough to drive, he has been learning the ropes from some well-known veterans.

The 16-year-old Fargo native recently wrapped up a tour with Blues giant B.B. King, and will soon be seen backing soul legend Wilson Pickett in the upcoming “Blues Brothers” sequel. Now, Lang is on the road with Aerosmith, where he is sure to learn at least a few new lessons as well.

The teen blues guitarist received glowing notices last winter for his debut album “Lie To Me,” but some critics still wonder how much a teenage boy can know about the blues. But if you think you need to pay your dues to play the blues, don’t tell that to Jonny.

“For me, it’s like a big myth, I think, that you have to lead this huge life of misery and be down on your luck constantly to play the kind of music that I play,” Lang told MTV News.

“I don’t know. I’m always really happy. Is that wrong?
I don’t know. I try to stay really positive and feel really fortunate to be playing at all.” [600k QuickTime]

Considering that Lang just picked up his first guitar three years ago, he is pretty fortunate indeed. The guitarist got his start trying to learn a Stone Temple Pilots song, but his fate was sealed when his father exposed him to a local blues band, which he soon joined.

You can catch Lang opening for Aerosmith in Ottawa on Wednesday.