jonnylangfightformysoulJonny Lang, the born-again blues guitarist and singer, will unleash his new album Fight for My Soul on Sept. 17 before heading out on a 42-city tour that will include a stop at Carmel’s Palladium.

The new album is not as overtly Christian as Turn Around, Lang’s last album in 2006  which centered largely on his religious conversion. But it still has strong Christian themes, as the title track suggests. And the blazing first single, Blew Up (The House), celebrates new beginnings.

The new release has a rock n soul sound, a slight departure from his grittier blues. But it’s a move  that often lets Lang’s surprisingly strong falsetto soar. And it’s a sound well guided by Lang’s collaborator/producer Tommy Sims, a former member of the Christian band White Heart and co-writer of Eric Clapton’s Grammy-winning Change the World.

Lang hit the national scene in 1997 as a scorching 16-year-old blues guitar phenom on his his major label debut. Lang has said that that pressures of such early success led him to drugs and alcohol until he found Christ.

A full preview of Fight for My Soul is available for streaming at the Wall Street Journal.

Lang’s Carmel concert will be 7 pm Nov. 10 at the Palladium. Tickets are $15 to $113.