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Published June 23 2010

Fargo native Jonny Lang appears on ‘Howard Stern Show’

Fargo native Jonny Lang was in a place Tuesday that winners of a Grammy Award for a gospel album don’t typically go: “The Howard Stern Show.”

Lang, who first made a name in the 1990s as a wunderkind with blues guitar chops and vocals way beyond his years, performed with music-business veteran Cyndi Lauper as she promoted her just-released album, “Memphis Blues.” Lang performs on two of the album’s tracks, “How Blue Can You Get” and “Crossroads.”

True to Stern’s infamously off-color form, much of Stern’s line of questioning for Lang centered on sex. Stern asked when Lang lost his virginity, to which the 29-year-old who’s been married since he was 20 jokingly replied, “29.”

Stern brought up the fact that Lang met his wife when he was young.

“So she’s the only woman you’ve had?” Stern said.

“Yeah, basically,” Lang replied.

“Wow, is that true?” Stern asked.

Stern discussed Lang’s early days in music, asking if he was already considered a genius on the guitar at age 15.

“Aw, man, not by me,” Lang replied.

The show’s host also referenced Lang’s much-publicized Christian faith more than once.

“You’re a real Christian guy, right?” Stern said. “I’ve read about you.”

“Yeah, I try,” Lang replied.

Lauper and Lang performed an impressive rendition of the classic Robert Johnson blues standard “Crossroads,” with Lang lending a hand on the guitar and with his smoky vocals.

Lang and Lauper will also appear on “Live! With Regis and Kelly” on Thursday, according to the show’s website.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Shane Mercer at (701) 451-5734