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September 22, 2013

Jonny Lang comes to the Wilbur

Now a father of four, the guitar whiz-kid has released his first album in seven years

The unplugged electric guitar didn’t leave Jonny Lang’s hands for about eight hours — unless he was making a phone call or eating lunch. At every idle moment, he was either strumming a tune, picking a solo or possibly creating a new idea.

That was 10 years ago in Los Angeles on a long day filled with interviews and photo shoots.

Now, Lang keeps a couple of beat-up acoustics in the garage of his L.A. home. But all his good guitars are with his band’s gear, “marinating” in a Minneapolis warehouse.

“There are no guitars in the house whatsoever,” Lang said on a recent morning.

That’s because Kid Jonny, the guitar wunderkind who came out of Minneapolis in the 1990s and played with B.B. King, the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, is now Daddy John Langseth, father of four children under the age of 6.

“The kids are very music-oriented; they bang on any instrument we put in front of them,” said Lang. “They’ll find the guitars — they’ll seek and destroy.”

Not that Lang is complaining. In fact, he calls the kids a blessing.

“Fatherhood has made me a more balanced person. At first, having children was almost this train-wreck experience where psychologically it took me by surprise,” he said in a long conversation from his L.A. home, in advance of his tour that brings him to Boston this week. “The kids were great. But the change of lifestyle was crazy. Now, the more the merrier. I love it. It’s finally made me feel like a grown-up.”

The kids — twins (a boy and girl) about to turn 6 in November and daughters who are 3 years old and 3½ months old — are the reason it has been seven years between studio albums, from 2006’s Grammy-winning “Turn Around” to this week’s “Fight for My Soul.”

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