Peter Lang (guitarist)

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Peter Lang
Born(1948-01-06)January 6, 1948
GenresAmerican primitive guitar, folk, new acoustic, roots
LabelsTakoma, Flying Fish, Waterhouse, Aspen, Horus

Peter Lang (born January 6, 1948) is an acoustic guitarist who recorded for Takoma Records with John Fahey and Leo Kottke.


Peter Lang was discovered in 1972 by guitarist John Fahey. Lang's first solo album, The Thing at the Nursery Room Window, was released in 1973. With Lang, Fahey launched the careers of other notable artists on Takoma Records, including Kottke, George Winston, Robbie Basho, Bola Sete and others.[1]

In the 70's Lang recorded or performed with Ry Cooder, Jerry Garcia, Chet Atkins, John Hartford, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Emmylou Harris, Freddie King, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, John Hammond, Keith Jarrett, Phoebe Snow, Maria Muldaur, The Yellowjackets, and Robben Ford.

Lang left music in the 1980s to pursue a career in animation and special effects production. He released the albums Dharma Blues in 2002 and Guitar in 2003.[2] Both Lycurgus and Prime Cuts were re-released in 2003 with bonus tracks.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Best New Guitarist, Readers' Poll, Guitar Player magazine, 1974
  • Grammy Award nomination for Lycurgus, 1975
  • Best Guitarist, Minnesota Music Awards, 1981, 1982, 1988




  • Co-author of the book 20th Century Masters of Finger-Style Guitar, 1982, Stropes Editions, Ltd.


  1. ^ Goodwin Raheja, Gloria (June 2002). Hintz, Paul (ed.). "Peter Lang Records and Performs Again" (PDF). Guitarist. Minnesota Guitar Society. 13 (3): 5, 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 11, 2016. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  2. ^ Pales, R.J. "Dirty Linen magazine story and interview, April/May 2006". dirtylinen. Archived from the original on May 24, 2006.