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2014 Grammy Awards:
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Blak And Blu, the groundbreaking debut album from Gary Clark Jr.
Mastered for vinyl at Sterling Sound
"Owing as much to Kurt Cobain and The Ramones as Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker, and indebted to hip-hop and psychedelia, Clark is grounded in tradition ... while standing on the bring of change." — Rolling Stone
"This singer-guitarist may be the next Hendrix... churning his distorted strings into a euphoric moment of psychedelia" — The New York Times
Texas guitarist Gary Clark Jr. has been compared to guitar icons like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and his playing is a powerful and inspired mix of blues roots with contemporary soul and hip-hop. When he's rolling at his best, he sounds like nothing so much as a natural hybrid of both the past and the future of the blues.
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.
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.
|Ain't Messin' 'Round|
|When My Train Pulls In|
|Blak and Blu|
|Glitter Ain't Gold (Jumpin' For Nothin')|
|Please Come Home|
|Things Are Changin'|
|Third Stone From the Sun / If You Love Me Like You Say|
|You Saved Me|
|Next Door Neighbor Blues|