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Jeff Lang
Jeff Lang at Harvest Festival Jan 2007.jpgLang at Harvest Festival Jan 2007
Background information
Birth nameJeffrey Lang
Born(1969-11-08) 8 November 1969 (age 47)
Geelong, VIC Australia
GenresFolk, blues, rock and roll
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin
Years active1986–present
LabelsABC Music

Jeff Lang (born 9 November 1969) is an Australian songwriter, singer and slide guitarist. He is a leading performer in the Australian roots music scene[1] and purveyer of his self-described "disturbed folk" style, which incorporates primarily folk, blues and rock. The songwriting in his music is heavily influenced by the folk music of the southern United States and the British Isles but has distinctly Australian lyrical content whilst his guitar playing mixes folk, blues and rock styles with Indian and African modalities. He plays various types of guitar, both slide and standard, as well as banjo, mandolin, Chumbush and drums.[2] He has won ARIA awards for his 2002 collaboration with Bob Brozman Rolling Through This World (Best Blues and Roots album), the album Djan Djan (Best World Music album 2011) and for his 2012 solo album Carried in Mind (Best Blues and Roots album). In addition, Lang's 1996 album Native Dog Creek was named Best Australian Blues Album in a Rhythms magazine readers' poll, as were his 2005 release You Have To Dig Deep To Bury Daddy and the 2006 album Dislocation Blues, a collaboration with the late Chris Whitley.[3]

In 2012, Lang was presented with the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's National Folk Recording Award. [4]


  • 1 Early years
  • 2 Solo career
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 Solo albums
    • 3.2 Collaborations
    • 3.3 Live recordings
  • 4 Equipment
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early years

Lang's interest in music was sparked at a young age, inspired by records his parents played at home. His early influences were AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Leo Kottke, Ry Cooder, Roy Buchanan and Neil Young.[2] After playing the clarinet for six years he took up the guitar after discovering his older sister's discarded nylon string acoustic. He played electric guitar in various local bands in his hometown of Geelong before forming his own band and moving to Sydney in 1990 with the aim of playing his own compositions.

Solo career

In 1992. Lang split his band up and concentrated on playing solo shows. For the following two years he wrote the songs that later appeared on his first independently released CD, Ravenswood.[5] Since then, he has become known as a prolific songwriter, releasing 12 studio albums in the following 16 years and numerous live recordings. Seven of these albums have been nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album, with his collaboration with Bob Brozman, Rolling Through This World, winning the Award in 2002.

Live recordings

Lang is known as a strong live performer, which is reflected in the number of live recordings he has released.


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Lang primarily plays acoustic guitars, although he has an unorthodox way of amplifying them, running a combination of a built-in microphone and a Sunrise magnetic pick-up together for his clean acoustic sound, while also running the output of the Sunrise pick-up through various effects through an electric guitar amplifier allowing him to obtain both acoustic and distorted electric guitar tones from the same guitar.[6] This approach has been hugely influential in the Australian scene, particularly after the well-known guitarist John Butler was inspired by Lang's playing and sound to pursue a very similar setup.[7][8] Some of the guitars he has used live and in the studio are:

  • Churchill guitars – acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars and acoustic lap steels built by David Churchill in Ballarat, Australia.[9]
  • Beeton Brass guitars – built by Greg Beeton in Belmont North, Australia
  • National Reso-Glass guitars – Dobro-like guitars from the 1960s.
  • 1960's Guyatone electric guitar
  • 1976 Fender Starcaster
  • Turkish Electric Baglama Saz
  • Godin Glissentar
  • 1950's Harmony mandolin
  • 1930's Kalamazoo acoustic
  • 1930's Oahu Hawaiian guitar
  • 1930's Regal Dobro
  • 1980's Fender Squire Stratocaster modified with Teisco pickups
  • 1950's Supro lap steel
  • Valco Reso Phonic
  • Tim Kill Weissenborn and fretless acoustic guitars
  • Stomp Box


  1. ^ "Never Idol – Jeff Lang Interviewed by Sydney Morning Herald's Bruce Elder". Sydney Morning Herald. 25 August 2005. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "AU Review Interview with Jeff Lang". 14 May 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Soap. "ARIA Awards Past Winners". Aria Awards. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  4. ^ National Film and Sound Archive: National Folk Recording Award
  5. ^ "The Dues Interview 'Jeff Lang Lays It on the Line'". 23 August 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Jeff Lang Website – Equipment Page". 22 August 2009. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "John Butler Trio, Barry Cleveland". 9 July 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Interview: John Butler – Blending Styles & Gear". Premier Guitar. April 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Interview with Jeff Lang in Australian Musician". 4 September 2010. Archived from the original on 20 February 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 

External links

  • Official web site
  • Jeff Lang's MySpace
  • Jeff Lang's Facebook page
  • Jeff Lang at
  • Jeff Lang collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive


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