Julian Lage

Fresh off triumphant performances at New York’s Town Hall and Big Ears Festival, guitar virtuoso Julian Lage announces fall tour dates to continue the celebration of his latest opus, Speak to Me, out now on Blue Note Records. The tour kicks off at the Country Hall of Fame and Museum’s CMA Theater on September 7 and ends on September 22 at The Palace Theatre in Los Angeles.


Guitarist Julian Lage's virtuosic new album, Speak To Me, is out today via Blue Note Records. To celebrate, he is sharing a live performance video of the title track, which is highlighted by a tricky corkscrew of a surf-rock theme.




Guitar virtuoso Julian Lage has released the fourth song from his vivid and wondrously textured new Blue Note album, Speak To Me. The acoustic-guitar-based ballad “Nothing Happens Here” features Kris Davis on piano, Patrick Warren on keys, and Levon Henry on saxophone, alongside Dave King on drums and Jorge Roeder on bass. A video of this band performing “Nothing Happens Here” live at SFJAZZ on January 20, 2024, premieres today on YouTube.


Guitar virtuoso Julian Lage has announced the March 1 release of Speak To Me, his vivid and wondrously textured new Blue Note album produced by Joe Henry which offers a series of dispatches from his ongoing search for narrative beyond words. Intimate in tone and capacious in intention, the music travels a wide range of American music and delights in the deliberate crossing of wires between gospel hymn and rural blues, California singer-songwriter sunshine, and skronky jazz.

Julian Lage has released “Omission” — a reverent new single imbued with a pastoral swing — and announced his upcoming Speak to Me Tour which will take the guitar virtuoso across the United States and Europe in Spring 2024. “Omission” finds the acclaimed producer Joe Henry enhancing Lage’s trademark melodic lyricism and features Julian on acoustic and electric guitars, Jorge Roeder on bass, Dave King on drums, and Patrick Warren on piano.


Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia, but left town after a year and a half. Raised in 12 different states, he absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11.

After adding a love for the country-blues of Mississippi John Hurt to the music of John Phillip Sousa and Preston Epps, Kottke joined the Navy underage, to be underwater, and eventually lost some hearing shooting at lightbulbs in the Atlantic while serving on the USS Halfbeak, a diesel submarine.

Virtuoso guitarist Julian Lage has announced today’s premiere of “This World,” a song featuring Lage and Bill Frisell alone on acoustic guitars. The song is from his upcoming new album, The Layers, available via Blue Note Records on Friday, March 17. Pre-orders – including vinyl, CD, and download – are available now.

On March 17, guitar virtuoso Julian Lage will release The Layers, a stunning companion piece to his acclaimed 2022 album View With A Room. The collection features six original pieces recorded during the same sessions which found Lage discovering new orchestrational possibilities by augmenting his deeply attuned trio of bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King with the addition of fellow guitar icon Bill Frisell.


Visionary guitarist Julian Lage has announced today’s release of his eagerly awaited new album, View With A Room, available everywhere now via Blue Note Records. Lage is marking today’s arrival of View With A Room by joining Blue Note President Don Was for a new episode of Blue Note Records Presents “First Look,” an in-depth conversation about the making of the new album, premiering today via YouTube. Also streaming now is a live performance video of the song "Temple Steps."

Visionary guitarist Julian Lage has shared “Chavez,” his hard-driving new single which is available now to stream or download. An official live performance video featuring the extraordinary trio of Lage, bassist Jorge Roeder, and drummer Dave King also premieres today. “Chavez” marks the latest track release from Lage’s upcoming new album, View With A Room, arriving via Blue Note Records on Friday, September 16.

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