Wander This World

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Wander This World
Studio album by Jonny Lang
Released October 20, 1998
Recorded 1998
Genre Blues, soul, rock, funk
Length 52:52
Label A&M
Producer David Z
Jonny Lang chronology
Lie To Me
Wander This World
Long Time Coming
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Artistdirect.com 4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars

Wander This World is the third studio album by American blues guitarist Jonny Lang, released in 1998, when he was 17. The album was recorded at Seedy Underbelly Studios and Oarfin Studios in Minneapolis and the Sound Kitchen in Nashville. This album produced Lang's first Grammy nomination. Lang recorded his 1st album at the age of 14. He learned to play guitar from the lead guitarist of one of the only bands in town.[3]

The album contains a mix of genres; some tracks are blues, while others are Southern-style soul, funk, or rock with blues feeling. "Angel of Mercy" and Luther Allison's "Cherry Red Wine" are twelve-bar blues, "Walking Away" and "Second Guessing" are similar to 1960s Memphis soul, and "The Levee" and "Still Rainin'" are more rock orientated.[1]

Reviewer Alex Henderson commented on how mature the 17-year-old Lang sounded, saying the album often sounded like it could be the work of a 30 year old.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Still Rainin'" (Bruce McCabe) – 4:49
  2. "Second Guessing" (David Z/McCabe) – 5:10
  3. "I Am" (Prince/Z/Levi Seacer, Jr.) – 5:04
  4. "Breakin' Me" (Lang/Kevin Bowe) – 4:32
  5. "Wander This World" (Paul Diethelm/McCabe) – 4:49
  6. "Walking Away" (Lang/Jerry Lynn Williams) – 4:14
  7. "The Levee" (Bowe/Lang) – 3:41
  8. "Angel of Mercy" (McCabe/Mike Henderson) – 4:30
  9. "Right Back" (Williams/Danny Kortchmar) – 3:59
  10. "Leaving to Stay" (Bowe) – 4:35
  11. "Before You Hit the Ground" (Bowe/Lang) – 3:55
  12. "Cherry Red Wine" (Luther Allison) – 3:31
  13. "If This is Love" (Joe Louis Walker) – 3:01


  • Jonny Lang - vocals, lead guitar
  • Richie Hayward - drums
  • David Smith - bass
  • Jack Holder - rhythm guitars, keyboards
  • Steve Cropper - guitars
  • Paul Diethelm - dobro on "Wander This World"
  • Kevin Bowe - rhythm guitar on "The Levee"
  • Tommy Burroughs - acoustic guitar on "Walking Away", background vocals on "Right Back"
  • Bruce McCabe - keyboards
  • Ricky Peterson - keyboards
  • Jimmy Davis - background vocals on "Right Back"
  • Eric Leeds - saxophone on "I Am"
  • Tom Tucker - engineer


  1. ^ a b c Henderson, Alex. "Wander This World – Jonny Lang". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Wander This World". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Famousbirthdays