Peter Lang

Peter Lang

Playing: Friday January 31, 7:30 pm at the PG Playhouse (with Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton)

Sponsor: Open

Sample Songs: “Brownsville Road”


“Guitar Rag”


“ABSOLUTELY GROUNDBREAKING- One of a handful of acoustic guitarists who defined new American styles in the 1960s and ’70s. Poetic, elegant, and deeply moving. . .To say that Lang’s Guitar is literate is to far understate the case. This is guitar music that matters because it is played not only with technical acumen and a sense of history, but with an aesthetic that celebrates and pushes the tradition in new directions.” – AllMusic Guide, Critic’s Pick

Peter Lang, along with the other Takoma guitarists are considered to be founders of modern American Finger-style Guitar. Lang was part of a handful of guitarists who would bring the instrument to the stage and redefine it as a serious concert instrument.

Like his labelmates at Takoma, John Fahey and Leo Kottke, Peter Lang used the techniques and vocabulary of country blues guitarists to create his own compositions in a variety of alternate tunings. Lang made a name as a guitarist and composer of exceptional ability and originality. His bright sound, driving rhythm, and whimsical compositional sense were already well-defined by the time of his first record, which was made in 1972.

Lang toured, and recorded as one of the top acoustic players of his day. In the 70’s he was in good company, having recorded or performed with Ry Cooder, John Fahey, Jerry Garcia, Chet Atkins, John Hartford, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Emmylou Harris, Leo Kottke, Freddie King, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, John Hammond, Keith Jarrett, Phoebe Snow, Maria Muldaur, The Yellowjackets, Robben Ford, and host of others.

Peter is back touring after a twenty year hiatus.