Of interest to blues rock fans, I just saw Jonny Lang and his band at the DelRay Beach Garlic Fest an outside venue with unusually good sound. Jonny still looks fourteen even though he must be over twenty by now. I want to give big props to his bassist, Billy Franze, who has played for Prince, for the amazing job he did especially holding down the bottom end during Lang's lengthy solos. I was especially impressed with the way he kept things together during a ten minute call and response session between Lang and the saxophonist David Eiland. That had to be very challenging to pull off because the twosome could have easily been pretty boring by themselves without the bassist making something musical out of their exertions. Franze had a Jazz bass five string painted like the American flag. He had two Hartke cabs, one 4x 10 and one 15. His rack had only two peices of equipment, one a compressor limiter. I'm not sure what the other was. The amp, I guess. He was really energetic and acted more like a metal bassist than a blues bassist, but he played very well. Like I said, it can't be easy to manage during Lang's lengthy solos. The band played one and a half hours with only a short break. Jonny thankfully played some of my favorites of his, using a variety of electric and acoustic guitars throughout the concert. As usual, I was plagued by the numerous folks who were there, but oblivious to the music, talking non-stop and running back and forth for beer or toilet breaks. Such irritations reinforce my belief that it is better to sit home in comfort and listen to the CD...except...except, I confess there is nothing like seeing favorite muscians live in person. It was a thrill to see Lang and his hardworking band.