k.d. lang has released about 16 albums since her Canadian music debut 'A Truly Western Experience,' released in 1984. - Photo by Jeri Heiden

k.d. lang at Britt

Canadian recording artist k.d. lang has come a long way since her music debut in the 1980s with a Patsy Cline tribute band. Over her 26-year career, the acclaimed artist garnered four Grammy Awards, numerous Grammy nominations and eight Juno Awards.

Lang began her career playing punk-style rock and country and has since journeyed through a range of styles, sounds and sensibilities, creating 16 albums along the way.

She also has collaborated with acclaimed pop and country artists, including Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Roy Orbison and Tony Bennett, who called her "the best singer of her generation."

Lang and her most recent project, The Siss Boom Bang, perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. Roots rocker Justin Jones will open the show, and Blue Lightning will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. on the Table Rock City Stage.

Lang tours on the heels of her 2011 release, "Sing It Loud," a nod to her country roots. The album marks the first time lang has recorded with her own band since she recorded with the Reclines in the '80s. The Siss Boom Bang band is keyboardist Daniel Clarke, guitarist Joshua Grange, percussionist Fred Eltringham, bassist Lex Price and guitarist and band director Joe Pisapia.

Pisapia also co-produced the album, wrote the title track and co-wrote five others with lang.

Recorded from Middletree Studios in Nashville, Tenn., "Sing it Loud" was released on Nonesuch Records, as were lang's three previous albums.

"I would have to say that 'Sing it Loud' is actually probably the pinnacle of my creative life because it happened so fast, so naturally and with so much joy," states lang in a press release.

Her previous Nonesuch releases include "Hymns of the 49th Parallel" (2005), featuring a collection of material by Canadian songwriters; the studio release "Watershed" (2008), which bowed in Billboard 200's Top 10; and "Recollection" (2010), a multigenre, greatest-hits collection.

The Times in London writes of lang: "It's a quirk of the music industry that one of the sexiest, most sensual voices in all of pop music comes not from some raven-tressed siren in a glitter-dress but a middle-age woman with a utility haircut and a penchant for male tailoring."

Tickets to lang's show at Britt cost $59 for reserved seating, $39 for lawn seating, $29 for children, $236 for premium lawn seating for four and $118 for premium lawn seating for two. Tickets are available at www.brittfest.org, at the box office, 216 W. Main St., Medford; or by calling 541-773-6077.

Share This Story