Gary Clark Jr. Blak And Blu on 2LP
Blak And Blu is the long-anticipated full-length debut album from singer/songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire Gary Clark Jr. The album was produced by Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Mastodon, Fiona Apple), Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance) and Gary Clark Jr. Apart from Clark on guitar, vocals and trumpet, Blak and Blu features performances from drummer J.J. Johnson, keyboardist Zac Rae, and Elizondo on bass on many of the tracks.
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) which 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.
Clark has been slipping songs from Blak And Blu into his sets while performing at all of 2012's major music festivals, including Bonnaroo, Coachella, Osheaga Festival, Sasquatch!, Lollapalooza, and the NOLA Jazz and Heritage Festival. He also performed at the Bridge School Benefit with label-mates Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Flaming Lips, Austin City Limits, Voodoo Fest in New Orleans, and was the only artist invited to play both nights of Jay Z's Made in America Festival over Labor Day weekend.
With an unpredictable and musically diverse live set that varies based on Clark's mood and the audience vibe on any given night, the Austin native has received tremendous critical praise, with The New York Times opining that he "may be the next Hendrix." Rolling Stone observed, "Owing as much to Kurt Cobain and the Ramones as Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker, indebted to hip-hop and psychedelia, his shape-shifting calling card is grounded in tradition while standing on the brink of change."
"Gary Clark Jr. cuts through a stunning blend of rock and soul. Clark can sing some sweet R&B, but at heart, he's a blistering blues-rock guitarist who's about to blow up big," said NPR. Make no mistake about it; Gary Clark Jr. is not just a “blues man.” This is a modern amalgam of rock & soul, informed by the blues and everything in-between aimed at a new generation of music fans who want it all. Dig the new breed!
Gary Clark Jr. Blak And Blu Track Listing:
1. Ain't Messin 'Round
2. When My Train Pulls In
3. Blak And Blu
4. Bright Lights
5. Travis County
6. The Life
7. Glitter Ain't Gold (Jumpin' For Nothin')
2. Please Come Home
3. Things Are Changin'
4. Third Stone From The Sun/If You Love Me Like You Say
5. You Saved Me
6. Next Door Neighbor Blues