Saturday, November 10, 2012

CD Review: Guitarist Gary Clark Jr. Turns New Album "Blak And Blu"

Texas born and raised singer, songwriter, guitarist Gary Clark Jr. has had a year he will never forget, and neither will his legion of fans. After releasing two solo albums that failed to make a dent in the musical spectrum, his 4-song EP "The Bright Lights EP" earned a five-star rating in Rolling Stone magazine. The anticipation of his new full-length solo album only increased as the year went on. He performed along side blues legends B.B. King and Buddy Guy at the "Red, White and Blues" event at the White House and also shared the stage with the Dave Matthews Band and Alicia Keys.

His latest release, "Blak And Blu" came out on October 22nd where it debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The 13-song album shows the many different musical sides of Gary Clark Jr. The album begins with the funk-rock of "Ain't Messin' Around," before Clark shows off his guitar chops in the Jimi Hendrix infused "When My Train Pulls In." If the guitar solo in that song doesn't make you a believer, then his guitar work in "Glitter Ain't Gold" definitely will. Now, don't get caught thinking that Gary Clark Jr. only knows how to play rock and blues. He displays a sweet rhythm & blues beat in the title song before heading to a dance, pop sound on "The Life," which was influenced by his writing sessions with Alicia Keys. But if it's the blues you're looking for, then look no further then "Numb" and "Third Stone From The Sun/If You Love Me Like You Say." The way he takes influences from the past and recreates them for today's sound is uncanny. The album closes with the country-blues stomp of "Next Door Neighbor Blues" as Gary Clark Jr. summons up the ghost of John Lee Hooker.

Gary Clark Jr. is finishing up the year with a string of dates in California. For more information on this rising blues artist, be sure to visit

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