Double LP! Deep Blues Fused with Classic Hip-Hop and Contemporary Soul!
Three-Time Winner of Austin Music Award for Best Blues and Electric Guitarist!
Features Cover Of Jimi Hendrix/Albert Collins "Third Stone From the Sun / If You Love Me Like You Say"!
In addition to 12 of Clark's original compositions, Blak and Blu also features a 13th song - a blistering cover of Little Johnny Taylor's (popularized by Albert Collins), "If You Love Me Like You Say / Third Stone From The Sun" (Jimi Hendrix) is actually a complete reworking of the song utilizing the Hendrix riff reinterpreted by Clark. The result is an extraordinary hybrid of the two ideas that breathes new fire to an old favorite.
Rarely does an artist explode onto the music scene with the force and impact of a comet. But when it does happen as it did when 27-year-old singer-guitarist Gary Clark Jr. delivered an incendiary debut performance of his song Bright Lights at Eric Clapton's 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival last June the result is magical.
Funky, hip, and badass, Gary Clark Jr. is a rocking soul man for a new generation. Weaned on John Lee Hooker, Lightnin Hopkins, and T-Bone Walker, Clark fuses his deep blues influence with a love of classic hip-hop and contemporary soul. His voice weaves between a melodic lilt and a seasoned blues howl with his guitar licks dancing and dodging between and behind the beat as if the essence of Snoop and Dre loom in his head by way of the Mississippi Delta.
The virtuosity Clark displays, and the tone he rings from his cherry-red Epiphone Casino guitar, put most modern rock shredders to shame. Born and raised in Austin, TX, Clark began playing guitar at age 12. He performed small gigs throughout his early teens before popping up on the radar of legendary promoter Clifford Antone, owner of Austin blues club Antone's. Through Clifford's connections, Clark was soon sitting in with and learning from an array of musical icons, including Jimmie Vaughan. Vaughan, and others in the Austin music community, mentored Clark along his path, facilitating his steady rise on the Texas music scene. His peers have showered him with acclaim for his galvanizing live performances. In 2001, Austins mayor, Kirk Watson, declared May 3rd to be Gary Clark Jr. Day. Clark was 17 years old. Clark went on to win the Austin Music Award for Best Blues and Electric Guitarist on three separate occasions, in addition to receiving awards from various blues magazines and associations around the country. After playing the nationally televised show Austin City Limits and touring with such artists as Jimmie Vaughan, Pinetop Perkins, and Doyle Bramhall II, Clark released two self-produced albums, and composed the original score for the film Full Count.
Clarks creative versatility and love for not just blues, but also soul, hip-hop, classic rock, and jam bands, has allowed him to transcend his own musical talents. He starred alongside Danny Glover and Stacy Keach in John Sayles 2007 film Honeydripper. In 2010, Clark was the only young newcomer to be selected by Eric Clapton to perform at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, where he performed with Doyle Bramhall II and Sheryl Crow. Clarks singular talent has attracted a bevy of artist support, including accolades from Sheryl Crow, Citizen Cope, Damian Marley, Ron Wood, and Questlove. As the latter recently Tweeted after witnessing a December performance at New Yorks Brooklyn Bowl: I dont think yall understand the greatness that is in front of you. Gary Clark Jr. is kickin ass and takin names.
"Owing as much to Kurt Cobain and The Ramons as Buddy GUy and John Lee HOoker, and indebted to hip-hop and psychedelia, Clark is grounded in tradition... while standing on the brink of change." - Rolling Stone
"He's grown from being a blues-kid teen phenom sitting in with adults in his hometown of Austin, through a period in his mid-20s when his psychedelic string-bending solos evoked cries of "the next Jimi Hendrix!," to this non guuiar-centric, non-blues-centric record in which he plays nearly all the instruments himself and tries to refine his ideas into a new music." - Robert Baird, Stereophile, October 2015
Mastered for Vinyl at Sterling Sound
Pressed at United
Audiophile Quality Pressing
Single pocket jacket
Gary Clark, Jr., vocals, guitar, bass, percussion, drums, congas, trumpet
Stevie Blacke, strings
J. J. Johnson, drums, percussion
David Moyer, baritone & tenor saxophone
Scott Nelson, bass
Zac Rae, Hammond B3, keyboards, piano, vibraphone,
Satnam Ramgotra, percussion, tabla
LP1 - Side A:
1. Ain't Messin' 'Round
2. When My Train Pulls In
3. Blak and Blu
4. Bright Lights
LP1 - Side B:
1. Travis County
2. The Life
3. Glitter Ain't Gold (Jumpin' For Nothin')
LP2 - Side C:
2. Please Come Home
3. Things Are Changin'
LP2 - Side D:
1. Third Stone From the Sun / If You Love Me Like You Say
2. You Saved Me
3. Next Door Neighbor Blues