Retroactive Classic: 'Gary Clark, Jr. Live'
Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:35:02
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There's a fiery delivery that can't be contained.
Gary Clark, Jr. is gearing up to release his second full-length album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim [Warner Bros. Records], on September 11, 2015. It's the follow-up to his major label debut, 2012's Blak and Blu, and it has all the makings of one of the year's best records. Given the Sonny Boy's impending arrival and his run with Foo Fighters, it felt like the right time to take a look back at one of Clark's best works, last year's two-disc Gary Clark, Jr. Live.
In many ways, seeing him is believing. Throughout music and pop culture, there's so much chatter asking, "Who's the next guitar god?" Well, Clark answered that yet again with these blazing fifteen tracks. He takes classic blues and modernizes it with an alternative malleability and rock 'n' roll edge. For the uninitiated, think if Buddy Guy or Muddy Waters grew up on Nirvana, and you'd get a clear picture of what to expect. For those who are familiar, you know the majesty inherent within what this six-string hero does.
Live starts with the subtle twang of "Catfish Blues" that quickly builds into a fiery guitar crescendo that's nothing short of divine. It's a swell of Southern-fried riffing that ebbs and flows for eight minutes matched by his striking, soulful vocal delivery.
Watch a Live Performance of "Catfish Blues"
Watch a Live Performance of "When My Train Pulls In"