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4 out of 5

37 Ratings

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Missed the mark!,

GC Jr.'s earlier stuff is amazing and IF he would have kept going down that path he would have been and amazing modern-day blues artist. He first live CD is an 11 and this new one is a 3. He sounds tired and this reflects in the sound of the music that is recorded. I also don't like how he incorporates "pop" into the blues. To top it off, I don't like the over-studio produced recent CD's he has put out.

GC Jr is awesome, this recording is not.


I love Gary Clark Jr, I saw him live opening for the Foo Fighters a couple of years ago and it was incredible, and "The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim" is an excellent album. But if you want to hear him at his best - either go buy "The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim" (which you should have already) or go see him live and in person. Save your money on this, this recording is not good - you can barely hear him or the instrumentals and there's lots of crowd noise - which almost drowns out the recording. These are not things that go together to make a good live album. You can have a live album with amazing production value where you can actually hear the band and not the audience (see Led Zeppelin's "The Song Remains The Same") but this definitely isn't it.

About Gary Clark Jr.

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, contemporary soul, and hip-hop, and 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. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Clark first picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and spent his teens playing whatever gig he could get in the Austin area. He eventually met Clifford Antone, promoter and owner of Antone's, the city's premier blues club, who began featuring Clark at his venue. An amazing live performer, Clark soon became one of the brightest players on Austin's blues and rock scene. He released an independent album, 2005's Tribute, followed by a pair of self-produced albums in 2008 for Hotwire Unlimited, 110 and Worry No More. An EP, Gary Clark, Jr., also appeared from Hotwire in 2010.

But Clark was far from just a one-trick pony guitar gunslinger. He could also sing, write, and arrange. He wrote the original score for the film Full Count and also appeared as an actor in John Sayles' 2007 film Honeydripper. In 2010, Clark was selected by Eric Clapton to perform at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, and a DVD of the show featuring Clark led to a recording deal with Warner Bros. Clark was soon in the studio working on his major-label debut. An EP called Bright Lights was released in 2011 in advance of the new album, Blak and Blu, which appeared in the fall of 2012. His next release was the impressive two-disc Live, recorded during an 18-month-long tour behind Blak and Blu, and Live better represented Clark's wild, impassioned, and often elegantly graceful live sets. After more touring, including dates opening for the Rolling Stones and the Foo Fighters, Clark released his second major-label studio set, 2015's The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. The album debuted at eight on the Billboard charts and Clark supported it with an extensive tour that was documented on the 2017 album Live North America 2016. ~ Steve Leggett

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